Forbes Names Illumina America's Fastest-Growing Technology Company for Second Time
News Feb 04, 2009
Illumina, Inc. has announced that Forbes named it to the top of the 2009 list of 25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies in the United States. This is the second time in the past three years that Forbes has ranked Illumina #1 on its list of rapidly growing technology companies. Illumina develops, manufactures, and markets a full range of next-generation life science technologies, allowing researchers to comprehensively study both human and non-human species for genetic variation and biological function. “We are honored that Forbes has acknowledged Illumina’s significant growth accomplishments over the past five years,” said Jay T. Flatley, President and CEO of Illumina. “This success has been fueled by multiple groups: the growing Illumina community of researchers and collaborators who use our systems to drive breakthrough research, and our employees, who consistently demonstrate their dedication and passion for developing high-quality genetic research products.”
In a new study in cells, University of Illinois researchers have adapted CRISPR gene-editing technology to cause the cell’s internal machinery to skip over a small portion of a gene when transcribing it into a template for protein building. This gives researchers a way not only to eliminate a mutated gene sequence, but to influence how the gene is expressed and regulated.
Researchers published today a detailed description of the complete genome of bread wheat, the world's most widely-cultivated crop. This work will pave the way for the production of wheat varieties better adapted to climate challenges, with higher yields, enhanced nutritional quality and improved sustainability.