Life Technologies had the "strongest quarter ever" for its Ion Torrent franchise in the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by both "continued strong demand" for the PGM and a "substantial sequential increase" for the Ion Proton, according to a company official.

Some of the Q4 revenue growth for Ion Torrent was offset by an "expected" decline in SOLiD instrument sales, the company said.

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