CEO: Gregory Lucier.

Revenue: $3.7 billion in 2011.

No. of employees: 1,600 in San Diego County; 10,400 worldwide.

Headquarters: Carlsbad.

Year founded: Invitrogen was founded in 1987 and merged with Applied Biosystems in 2008 to form Life Technologies.

Stock symbol and exchange: LIFE on Nasdaq.

Company description: A leading life science tool company.

Key factors for success: Managing a broad portfolio of products that span the entire spectrum of life sciences.

About a year ago Carlsbad-based Life Technologies Corp...

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