Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Affymetrix to Cut 38 Staffers as Restructuring Is Completed

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix is laying off 38 employees at its West Sacramento, Calif., facilities as the firm completes a restructuring that it began in 2006.

The layoffs, scheduled to occur on July 6, were listed on the website of California's Employment Development Department.

Last summer, Affy said that it would close the West Sacramento manufacturing facility and move the majority of its probe array manufacturing to its Singapore operations by the end of 2008.

Last week, Affymetrix CFO John Batty told investors at the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Healthcare Conference in New York that the migration of array production to Singapore was fully completed last quarter. "One-hundred percent of our arrays are being produced in our Singapore manufacturing facility, and the Sacramento facility has been shut down," he said.

Affy expects the restructuring, which it also said has now been fully completed, will save the firm around $25 million annually.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.