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Celera Genomics and Celera Diagnostics To Webcast Presentation At UBS Global Life Sciences Conference

ROCKVILLE, MD and ALAMEDA, CA - September 23, 2004

Applera Corporation announced today that Celera Genomics Group (NYSE:CRA) and Celera Diagnostics, a joint venture of Celera Genomics and Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE:ABI), will webcast its presentation at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference on Tuesday, September 28, 2004. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET. Kathy Ordoņez, President of Celera Genomics and Celera Diagnostics, will provide an overview of both businesses.

Interested parties may access the live webcast and replay by visiting the Investors & Media section of either the Celera Genomics web site at www.celera.com or the Applera website at www.applera.com. It is suggested that participants access the webcast 15 minutes before the start of the live broadcast. The webcast replay will be archived on the Presentations page of the Investors & Media section of each web site.

About Applera Corporation
Applera Corporation consists of two operating groups. The Celera Genomics Group is engaged principally in the discovery and development of targeted therapeutics for cancer, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Celera Genomics is leveraging its proteomic, bioinformatic, and genomic capabilities to identify and validate drug targets, and to discover and develop small molecule therapeutics. It is also seeking to advance therapeutic antibody and selected small molecule drug programs in collaboration with global technology and market leaders. The Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE:ABI) serves the life science industry and research community by developing and marketing instrument-based systems, consumables, software, and services. Customers use these tools to analyze nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), small molecules, and proteins to make scientific discoveries, develop new pharmaceuticals, and conduct standardized testing. Applied Biosystems is headquartered in Foster City, CA, and reported sales of $1.7 billion during fiscal 2004. Celera Diagnostics, a 50/50 joint venture between Applied Biosystems and Celera Genomics, is focused on discovery, development, and commercialization of diagnostic products. Information about Applera Corporation, including reports and other information filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is available at www.applera.com, or by telephoning 800.762.6923. Information about Celera Genomics is available at www.celera.com.

Copyright Š 2004. Applera Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Applied Biosystems, Celera, Celera Diagnostics and Celera Genomics are registered trademarks of Applera Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and certain other countries.


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