Applied Biosystems is part of Life Technologies Group, a global provider of Laboratory, medical and bioscience equipment. Founded in Foster City in California, in 1981, by two Hewlett Packard science engineers the company is a leading developer of DNA analyzing, and genetics technology. Applied Biosystems went public in 1983, with 80 employees and a range of 6 DNA testing products. In 1986 the 370A DNA Analyzer was launched, revolutionizing the way DNA and human genes were to be understood and tested.
In 1993 Applied was acquired by Perkin Elmer and grew quickly to widen its product range to include mass spectrometers, lab pumps and general lab equipment, thermal cyclers and HPLC systems. In 2008 Applied merged with Invitrogen to create Life Technologies Corporation and in April 2013 the group was subsequently acquired by the global life science company Thermo Fisher.
The company, branded as Applied Biosystems now has over 10,000 employees, operates in 180 countries, has offices in 23 countries and owns over 5,000 patents and licences.
The company’s major product lines include Polymerase Chain Reaction applications, such as Taqman PCR, Lipofectamine 2000, a versatile cell reagent, TRIzol Reagents, a protein isolator and SuperScript Reverse Transcriptase, a family of enzymes used in cell analysis and growth. The company also creates software and product support for DNA testing equipment.
Applied Biosystems also offers a range of spectrophotometers used throughout the medical and bioscience industries along with a full consultancy, development and research service.