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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific informed about 230 employees earlier this year that their jobs are being eliminated, the company disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer reduced its headcount by 243 as part of restructuring efforts during the past two completed quarters, the Waltham, Mass.-based firm disclosed in its quarterly earnings report this week.

WaferGen Biosystems this week said that it has cut 20 jobs in order to cut costs and provide "more operational flexibility."

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – WaferGen Bio-systems announced today a reorganization of its business, which resulted in the elimination of about 20 jobs during the first quarter.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific is cutting 43 jobs from its Milwaukee facility, the company announced on Thursday.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PerkinElmer will be laying off workers at a Connecticut facility as it transfers some operations to facilities in the UK and Singapore.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Vermillion today announced a restructuring program to reduce headcount and expenses.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The past year saw several high-profile firms in the genomics tools and molecular diagnostics industries undertake restructurings and/or layoffs amid challenging economic conditions.

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