By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Coming off a soft second quarter, Greg Lucier, CEO of Life Technologies said at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference today that the company is "now repositioning" itself for the challenges it faces ahead and has started the process of righting itself.

He also highlighted the performance of Life Tech's Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine benchtop sequencer, saying it has seen "incredible uptake."

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