4/11/2014 6:23:06 AM
Bio-Rad Acquires GnuBIO and DNA Sequencing Technology
HERCULES, CA--(Apr 10, 2014) - Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO) (NYSE: BIO.B), a global manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced that it has purchased GnuBIO, Inc.
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, GnuBIO is developing a faster and fully integrated droplet-based DNA sequencing technology that incorporates all the functions of DNA sequencing into a single, integrated workflow for medical diagnostics as well as research markets. While other sequencing technologies require separate workflows for target selection, DNA amplification, DNA sequencing and analysis, GnuBIO's technology will integrate the entire workflow into a single, low-cost solution that produces results within hours, versus days.
"We are pleased to have GnuBIO join Bio-Rad," said Norman Schwartz, Bio-Rad President and CEO. "We believe GnuBIO's innovative DNA workflow is well-suited for the clinical diagnostics sequencing market and will leverage Bio-Rad's leadership role in the area of droplet digital PCR."
Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, GnuBIO is a privately-held life sciences company that has developed a droplet-based DNA sequencing platform. The innovative system developed by GnuBIO allows for a fully-integrated DNA sequencing platform that utilizes microfluidic and emulsion technology to perform complex, multiplexed reactions in droplets. This will allow both researchers and clinicians in the future to perform complete DNA sequencing workflows in a few hours instead of days.
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO) (NYSE: BIO.B) designs, manufactures, and distributes a broad range of innovative products and solutions for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned for its commitment to quality and customer service among university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, as well as the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and food safety industries. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and serves more than 100,000 research and healthcare industry customers through its global network of operations. The company employs approximately 7,750 people worldwide and had revenues exceeding $2.1 billion in 2013. For more information, visit our website at www.bio-rad.com.
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