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Nanogen exits array business

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Nanogen plans to close its array business and cut 20% of its staff to save about $15 million. The company originally announced it was considering dropping the business in September (1"The Gray Sheet" Sept. 24, 2007, p. 14). "Our analysis of alternatives for the array business has not resulted in any financially meaningful opportunities," COO David Ludvigson said Nov. 12. "The best way to meet our commitment to improving financial performance for our shareholders is to focus on our real-time PCR and point-of-care testing businesses." The restructuring will cost $6.9 million, charged to the third quarter, for inventory and assets related to the array business and $2.5 million in severance costs charged to the fourth quarter. The company will continue to supply most cartridges for the NanoChip electronic microarray system to customers through 2008

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