Employees Volunteer More Than 12,000 Hours for Local Communities

Follow Efforts Live on Twitter at #LIFEGVD

CARLSBAD, Calif., May 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --More than 3,600 employees at Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:LIFE), a provider of innovative life science solutions, today are donating a half day of their time to more than a hundred projects around the globe as part of the company's seventh annual Global Volunteer Day. The company's employees are donating more than 12,000 hours of total volunteer time at 54 sites in 28 countries around the globe.

"Global Volunteer Day has long been the cornerstone of our efforts to support and strengthen our communities," said Gregory T. Lucier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Technologies. "Even as we expand our philanthropic efforts each year, and encourage our employees to dedicate their time year-round to volunteer opportunities, this day of giving as a global team will continue to be one of the company's proudest citizenship achievements."

This year, Life Technologies launched the 'Giving back at LIFE' initiative, an employee program aimed at helping facilitate community service participation among Life Technologies' workforce. Since the beginning of 2010, employees have volunteered for more than 9,000 hours of community service outside of Life Technologies' corporate programs, putting them on track to complete more than 25,000 hours of community service this year.

Life Technologies' community relations and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the Investor Relations Global Rankings, and in CRO Magazine's Top 100 corporate citizens.

On Global Volunteer Day, Life Technologies provides each of its employees with a half day of paid time to participate in volunteer projects. Search the #LIFEGVD tag at Twitter.com to see real time updates from Life Technologies employees at locations around the world, helping out at service projects including:

United States:

  • Hosting a Biotech Career Day for area high-school students with resume reviews, hands-on science experiments and a tour of the headquarters facilities in Carlsbad
  • Collecting and sorting food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank in Foster City, Calif.
  • Building bicycles for donation to local Big Brother and Big Sister organizations in Grand Island, New York
  • Supporting Habitat for Humanities' efforts to build a community home inside a refurbished historic farmhouse in Bedford, Mass.
  • Working on a horticultural project to support wildlife education and land preservation at Zoo New England in Stoneham, Mass.
  • Knitting Chemo Cap hats to keep breast cancer patients in Brown Deer, Wis. warm during chemotherapy treatments
  • Donating study bags with scientific tools for high school students and teachers at low-income schools in Durham, North Carolina
  • Working with elderly residents of a state-supported center for the mentally disabled in Austin, Texas


  • Helping the visually challenged in Bangalore, India, with computer training
  • Donating blood to a local blood bank in Tokyo, Japan
  • Helping blind students in Beijing, China with hands-on nature experiences
  • Bush regeneration in a remote part of Kurringai National Park, near Sydney, Australia
  • Planting greenery in road medians in São Paolo, Brazil
  • Preserving local plants and animals in Darmstadt, Germany, by rehabilitating a local forest

About Life Technologies

Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. Our systems, consumables and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific exploration, driving to discoveries and developments that make life even better. Life Technologies customers do their work across the biological spectrum, working to advance personalized medicine, regenerative science, molecular diagnostics, agricultural and environmental research, and 21st century forensics. Life Technologies had sales of $3.3 billion in 2009, employs approximately 9,000 people, has a presence in approximately 160 countries, and possesses a rapidly growing intellectual property estate of approximately 3,900 patents and exclusive licenses. Life Technologies was created by the combination of Invitrogen Corporation and Applied Biosystems Inc., and manufactures both in-vitro diagnostic products and research use only-labeled products. For more information on how we are making a difference, please visit our website: http://www.lifetechnologies.com. Follow Life Technologies on Twitter @LIFECorporation and on Facebook.

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