Sony Biotechnology leaving University of Illinois

CHAMPAIGN - A biotechnology-focused subsidiary of Sony Corporation is shutting down operations at the University of Illinois' Research Park and moving to California.

According to Sony spokeswoman Lisa Gephardt, Sony Biotechnology will close its campus office in September and will open a new headquarters in San Jose, California.  Gephardt also said that employees were informed of the move on Wednesday, and that 12 of the 22 employees will have the chance to stay with the company.  The other ten jobs will be eliminated.

Sony Biotechnology manufactures technology used in protein engineering and the counting and sorting of cells, and employed about 90 people at one point.

The company was founded as Cytometry Services Inc. in 1995, and moved to the University of Illinois in 2000.  In 2010, the company was bought by Sony.

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