Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:00am | Don Dodson, The News Gazette, Serving East Central Illinois
On Thursday, the company confirmed it will close its offices in the University of Illinois Research Park at the end of September and move its headquarters to San Jose, Calif.
Instead of manufacturing equipment in the U.S., Sony has decided its domestic biotechnology operations will focus on sales, service and marketing of products manufactured in Japan for all markets except for Japan and the European Union.
Sony acquired Champaign-based iCyt Mission Technology in 2010 and two years later changed the name to Sony Biotechnology. Sony's stay in Champaign lasted not much longer than a single presidential term.
Twelve of the facility's 22 employees will be offered transfers or given the opportunity to work as field employees, and the other 10 positions will be eliminated, said Lisa Gephardt, a Sony spokeswoman based in New York. Employees were informed of the move Wednesday.