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Illumina is a biotechnology company founded in 1998 located in San Diego, California, developing and selling instruments, reagents, and services for DNA sequencing applications.

Illumina is headquartered in San Diego, California and was founded in 1998 by David Walt, John Stuelpnagel, Anthony Czarnik, Lawrence Bock, and Marck Chee, to develop, manufacture, and commercialize DNA sequencing technologies. The company is a global provider of DNA sequencing instruments, reagents, and services, that serve biotechnology markets such as DNA sequencing, genotyping, gene expression analysis, and proteomics. Illumina's customers are pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, research scientists, biotechnology companies, and clinical research organizations.

Illumina has two distinct business units. The first focuses on life science related products and services such as DNA sequencing, bead arrays, vera-codes, and PCR technologies. The second unit focuses on the development and sale of technologies related to medical diagnostics.

According to Wired magazine, in 2016 Illumina's DNA sequencing machines perform 90% of global DNA sequencing. The director of global public relations for Illumina in 2016 told reporters, "We are at a tipping point in genomics, where a broad community of scientists and researchers continue to translate the potential of the genome from science to discoveries and applications" and believes DNA sequencing technologies made by Illumina will continue to be in high demand around the world well into the future.

DNA sequencing machines made by Illumina are based off DNA sequencing technologies developed by Solexa in the early to mid 2000's. Illumina acquired Solexa in 2007 for $600 million after Solexa successfully built a next generation sequencing machine that could sequence 1 gigabase (Gb) of data in a single run of the machine.


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Anthony Czarnik


Dave Grimm

Digital Experience Director

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Francis deSouza

Chief Executive Officer

Jay Flatley

President, Chief Executive Officer

John Liebig

Vice President of Customer Solutions

John Stuelpnagel

Co-Founder, Senior Vice President

Larry Bock


Licen Xu

Vice President Product Management, Strategic Marketing

Mark Chee


Mostafa Ronaghi

Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Nick Naclerio

Senior Vice President Corporate Development and General Manager Enterprise Informatics

Ray Alley

Senior System Engineer

Richard Klausner

Senior VIce President, Chief Medical Officer

Seems Rego

Associate Director, Global Clinical Operations

Simon Valentine

Global Head of Sales, Enterprise Informatics

Tristan Orpin

Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

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