NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Jonathan Rothberg has resigned from his position as CEO of Life Technologies' Ion Torrent business, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Ronnie Andrews, Life Tech's president of genetic and medical sciences, will oversee the Ion Torrent business in addition to continuing in his current role.

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