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Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (BIO) Sponsors New Version of MIQE qPCR App for Real-Time PCR and Digital PCR



8/13/2013 9:14:10 AM

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Hercules, CA — August 13, 2013 — Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. announced today that it is sponsoring a new version of the MIQE qPCR app. Researchers can use the new version to validate their digital PCR (dPCR) experiments according to the recently published digital MIQE (dMIQE) guidelines (Huggett et al. 2013).

Professors Michael Pfaffl (TU Munich, Weihenstephan, Germany) and Afif Nour (LaSalle Beauvais, France) designed the original MIQE qPCR app to help researchers improve their real-time PCR (qPCR) assay protocols by making it easier to adopt a set of best practices described in an earlier publication:

The MIQE guidelines: Minimum information for publication of quantitative real-time PCR experiments (Bustin et al. 2009). Progress bars in the app show the percentage of assay compliance as each item in the MIQE checklist is completed.

“We were pleased to find that the MIQE qPCR app encouraged our customers to follow the new MIQE guidelines,” said Jean-Pierre Dakkak, a laboratory equipment trading company manager.

“Researchers are really eager to learn how this app can make their life easier,” said Dr. Nour. “They report it instills confidence in the validity of every qPCR or dPCR project.” The new updates include:

· Project-specific checklists — checklists remove unnecessary items; for example, reverse transcription items are irrelevant in DNA research

· Updated references — researchers can stay current with the latest MIQE and dMIQE literature and qPCR symposiums

· Easy export — users can save their projects and share them with colleagues

The MIQE qPCR app runs on the Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It has been downloaded more than 6,500 times in 87 countries. To get your copy, visit http://bit.ly/MIQEapp.

About Bio-Rad

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) has been at the center of scientific discovery for more than 60 years, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, major research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for its commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 100,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs over 7,600 people globally and had revenues exceeding $2 billion in 2012. Visit us at www.bio-rad.com.

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For more information contact:

Rachel Scott

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

510-741-5638

rachel_scott@bio-rad.com

Ken Li

Chempetitive Group

312-997-2436 x 112

kli@chempetitive.com



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