NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Life Technologies officials said this week that the company has formed a licensing team that will focus on offsetting declining royalty revenues for its PCR-related intellectual property and other IP.

During a conference call to discuss the company's third-quarter financial results, Life Tech Chairman and CEO Greg Lucier said that the company has assembled a team of the "best licensing people" from its Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen businesses.

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