Spotlight On... Illumina CEO steps down after 17 years; Lasergen raises $80M for sequencing R&D; and more...

Illumina ($ILMN) CEO Jay Flatley is stepping down after 17 years at the helm of a company that revolutionized the market for genomic sequencing. Illumina executive Francis deSouza is on tap to take his place, and Flatley will remain on the company's board as executive chairman. As Forbes notes, Illumina's revenue grew more than 4,000% during Flatley's tenure, and the company changed the game genetics with the debut of technology that can sequence a whole genome for $1,000. More

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> Lasergen, a developer of gene sequencing technology, sold a 48% stake in itself to Agilent Technologies ($A) for $80 million. Under the agreement, Agilent has the right to buy up the rest of the company by 2018 for another $105 million. News

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> Illumina CEO Flatley passes the exec baton on the heels of growth. Article

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Pharma News

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Pharma Manufacturing News

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> France's ANSM orders French biotech Theravectys to suspend manufacturing. Item

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Pharma Asia News

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> 3SBio gets China FDA IND nod for PEG-irinotecan candidate. Item

> HK-based Chi-Med $100M IPO set for March 14 as interest in China biopharma booms. Article