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GE Healthcare to Lay Off 120 Staffers from Sunnyvale Facility

NEW YORK, March 8 (GenomeWeb News) - GE Healthcare will lay off as many as 120 workers next week from its Sunnyvale, Calif., facility, according to the California Employment Development Department.


According to a listing of Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act notices provided by CEDD, GE Healthcare is to lay off 120 of its Sunnyvale employees as of March 14.


The Sunnyvale facility served as the birthplace of Amersham Bioscience's MegaBace DNA-sequencing technology and other genomics technologies.


A US-based spokesperson for GE Healthcare was not immediately able to confirm or comment regarding the potential lay-offs. It is unclear how many total GE Healthcare employees are based at the Sunnyvale facility.


BioCommerce Week, a GenomeWeb publication,  reported in January that the facility would likely be downsized as part of GE Healthcare's ongoing integration of Amersham Bioscience, and that the unit's development workers were offered transfers to GE Healthcare's offices in Piscataway, NJ.


However, it was unclear at the time if, or how many lay-offs would occur.


The Sunnyvale facility was originally the home of Molecular Dynamics, which Amersham acquired in 1998, according to BioCommerce Week. It most recently housed marketing and management operations for Amersham.

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