Affymetrix, Inc.

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Affymetrix, Inc.
Former type Incorporated
Industry Laboratory analysis
Laboratory informatics
Fate Acquired
Defunct March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)[1]
Headquarters 3420 Central Expressway, Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Number of locations 9
Area served Worldwide
Products Various

Affymetrix, Inc. developed and marketed genomic and microarray technologies for translational and clinical research.


Affymetrix was formally founded in the state of California in 1992.[2] By 1997, the company was touting its GeneChip analysis system, offering "researchers fast, efficient access to large amounts of genetic information."[3] In 1998, the GeneChip laboratory information management system (LIMS) was introduced for managing and tracking "process data, raw data, and probe array results from multiple GeneChip systems or other ... genetic information source."[4] In 2001, version 3.0 of their LIMS—renamed to Affymetrix LIMS—was introduced to the market.[5] However, by the early 2000s, the LIMS software may have been integrated into the GeneChip Operating Software (GCOS) platform.[6]

In December 2005, Affymetrix announced that Applied Biosystems had "taken a non-exclusive, worldwide license to a number of Affymetrix patents related to" various microarrays.[7]

In January 2016, Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the intent to acquire Affymetrix for $14.00 per share in cash, at a purchase price of approximately $1.3 billion.[8] The deal was finalized March 31, 2016.[1] By 2020, the acquired Affymetrix solutions were rebranded to "Applied Biosystems."[9] (Thermo had prior acquired Life Technologies in 2013[10], which was the byproduct of the 2008 merger of Applied Biosystems and Invitrogen in November 2008.[11])

Technology and products

Affymetrix LIMS was a LIMS "developed to meet our customers’ requirements for management of the large amount of experimental information generated using Affymetrix GeneChip technology."[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Thermo Fisher Completes Acquisition of Affymetrix". GenomeWeb. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  2. "Business Search". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 07 January 2022. "Search for entity # C1522805" 
  3. "Products: GeneChip systems". Affymetrix, Inc. Archived from the original on 27 April 1997. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  4. "GeneChip Information Systems". Affymetrix, Inc. Archived from the original on 05 December 1998. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Affymetrix Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) 3.0" (PDF). Affymetrix, Inc. Archived from the original on 01 July 2003. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  6. "Software". Affymetrix, Inc. Archived from the original on 01 August 2003. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  7. "Affymetrix and Applied Biosystems Enter into Licensing Agreement". Technology Networks. 26 December 2005. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  8. "Thermo Fisher Scientific to Acquire Affymetrix". Business Wire. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  9. "Affymetrix". Thermo Fisher Scientific. Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  10. Evans, J. (17 April 2013). "Thermo Fisher to acquire Life Technologies for $13.6 billion". Wiley Analytical Science. Retrieved 07 January 2022. 
  11. "Form 8-K, SEC Accession No. 0001193125-08-210995" (PDF). SEC. 15 October 2008. Retrieved 07 January 2022.