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Ronnie Andrews Joins Life Technologies as President, Medical Sciences
Date:2/2/2012

g and Commercial Business Operations, Andrews directed annual growth rates of 20 per cent and was instrumental in building Roche's HIV molecular testing business, establishing molecular as the gold standard for infectious disease testing.

 "Life has multiple platforms that can be leveraged in the diagnostics market in the near term," said Andrews. "It was the disruptive Ion Torrent technology, however, that tipped the scale for me to come on board."

Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencers offer unprecedented speed, scalability and simplicity. In 2012, the company plans to submit the Ion Personal Genome Machine™ for FDA clearance.  Life also recently unveiled the Ion Proton™ Sequencer, which will sequence an entire human genome in several hours on a bench top for $1,000, a development expected to significantly accelerate personalized medicine.

In October 2011, Life announced an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to develop a companion diagnostic for a GSK candidate cancer therapy, and the company's 7500 Fast Dx Real-Time PCR Instrument is FDA-cleared for use with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) H1N1 assay.

"I have a long-term and deep commitment to the principles of personalized medicine," said Andrews, "as well as a personal dedication to utilizing emerging molecular knowledge to advance our ability to manage complex diseases like cancer. I look forward to the opportunity to help build Life Technologies into a leader in the diagnostics space."

Andrews received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Wofford College. He began his career with Abbott Diagnostics and also served as vice president of marketing for Immucor Inc.

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