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Life Technologies

Why: Lowering the cost of DNA sequencing opens the door to more genetically targeted treatments and diagnostics. 

Key innovation: Its benchtop sequencer can sequence a human genome in one day, at a cost of just $1,000 per genome.

Public Company: Life Technologies
Headquarters: Carlsbad, California
Founded: 2008
Market Capitalization: $9.0 billion