nsight into biological pathways. Ambion products consists primarily of tools used for RNA isolation, the first step for performing molecular techniques, such as NGS, real-time qPCR, etc. Specific products include: Dynabeads, Cells-to-CT, PUlreLink and MagMax. Novex high-performance protein analysis products include pre-cast electrophoresis gels for separating nucleic acids and proteins, and western blotting and staining tools. Genetic, Medical and Applied Sciences Genetic, Medical and Applied Sciences business includes Life Technologies’ Ion Torrent, Genetic Analysis and Medical Sciences businesses, with the addition of the Human Identification (HID) and Food and Animal Health business from Life Technologies’ Applied Sciences group. This business combines a variety of instruments and related reagents used to analyze DNA across a broad range of applications in research, clinical and applied markets. The Genetic, Medical and Applied Sciences offerings include the following: Genetic Analysis, which primarily provides qPCR, capillary electrophoresis (CE) and sequencing (NGS) platforms and reagents – These products are used to discover sources of genetic and epigenetic variation, to catalog the DNA structure of organisms, and to verify the composition of genetic research material. Medical Sciences provides qPCR and NGS technologies and assays for applications in molecular diagnostics, diagnostic development, clinical and translational research, and public health monitoring and is primarily focused on cancer and inherited disease. Human Identification, which provides instrumentation (qPCR, CE sequencing and NGS) and reagents to forensic laboratories that analyze DNA recovered from crime scenes. Primary customers include the FBI and police departments worldwide. Animal Health/Food Safety offers qPCR, Elisa, Sample Preparation and NGS platforms for analysis applications in animal health and food safety. BioProduction The BioProduction business includes the company’s bioprocessing business and Life Technologies’ bioproduction business. This business supports developers and manufacturers of biological-based therapeutics and vaccines with a portfolio of premium solutions and services focused on upstream cell culture, downstream purification, analytics for detection and quantitation of process/product impurities, and a suite of single-use solutions spanning the biologics workflow. Its bioproduction offerings include the following: Single Use Technologies, which includes Thermo Scientific single-use bioproduction solutions deliver faster turnaround and set-up times, and increase flexibility of manufacturing capacity. Cell Culture Media and Services, which includes Gibco media solutions, used by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to grow cells in controlled conditions and enable the large scale cGMP manufacturing of life saving drugs and vaccines, along with associated services to optimize the productivity of these production platforms. Chromatography includes POROS products that deliver capacity and resolution for process-scale bioseparations, and CaptureSelect affinity products that offer a set of scalable options for the purification of antibodies, antibody fragments and proteins. Pharma Analytics are rapid molecular products that deliver accurate results in less than four hours for contaminant detection, identification and quantitation. Cell Therapy are scalable solutions for the manufacture of cell therapy-based drugs. Sales and Marketing The company markets and sells products and services through a direct sales force, customer-service professionals, electronic commerce, third-party distributors and various catalogs. Research and Development During 2013, the company spent $396 million on research and development activities. Seasonality The company’s revenues in the fourth quarter are historically stronger than in other quarters due to the capital spending patterns of industrial, pharmaceutical and government customers. Sales of flu tests and related diagnostic products vary quarter to quarter and year to year based on the severity and duration of flu season.
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