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Bio businesses booming: Life science companies (small and large) thriving in Pleasanton
QuantaLife licensed a technology developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and developed its high-speed, low-cost digital Polymerase Chain Reaction. Former lab employees Bill Colston and Ben Hindson were co-founders and were joined by lab veteran Klint Rose. Bio-Rad Laboratories, a 60-year-old public life sciences company headquartered in Hercules, acquired QuantaLife in 2011 and established its Digital Biology Division in Pleasanton. Three startups evolve from the Bio-Rad purchase. Hindson and fellow QuantaLife employee Serge Saxonov co-found 10X Genomics in 2012. Colston and another former lab employee, Ted Tarasow (vice president product development) move on to found HealthTell with Colston as CEO. Rose becomes chief science officer at Purigen Biosystems and is joined on the Board of Directors by Colston. (Graphic by Paul Llewellyn)

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