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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientific informatics firm Accelrys reported after the close of the market Wednesday that its second-quarter revenues increased nearly 2 percent year over year, as it announced cost-cutting measures including the termination of 80 positions.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thermo Fisher Scientific took charges of $18.2 million during the first quarter associated with a reduction in headcount of about 315 employees, the company said in its Form 10-Q this week.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche said this morning that it will dissolve its Applied Science Business Area by the end of this year and integrate products from that business with other parts of its Diagnostics Business Area.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Bruker today said that revenues for its fourth quarter rose 9 percent year over year, and it beat the average analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quest Diagnostics held its first-ever Investor Day last Friday in New York providing a highly detailed view of its refocused strategy aimed at gaining share in the diagnostic testing market and its plans to revive flagging revenues.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health has scratched a plan it had been considering to pull its two research institutes that focus on the abuse of and addiction to drugs and alcohol into one single institute that would focus on addiction and substance abuse.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich laid off 130 employees during the third quarter as part of a restructuring plan, the St. Louis company disclosed in its Form 10-Q recently.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Quest Diagnostics today said that it has launched a reorganization of the firm that includes the creation of two new business groups and the elimination of approximately 400 to 600 management positions.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Japanese drug firm Eisai and its diagnostics subsidiary Eidia said today that they are dissolving their diagnostics R&D subsidiary, Palma Bee'Z Research Institute, as part of the Eisai Group's transformation of its in vitro diagnostics development operations.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Mitochondrial DNA-based test developer Mitomics today announced a realignment of its product development operations, resulting in the elimination of eight jobs.

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