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Bio-Rad Completes Purchase of MJ GeneWorks

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - Bio-Rad has purchased MJ GeneWorks and its subsidiaries, including MJ Research, for approximately $32 million in cash, completing and deal that was initiated in early June, Bio-Rad said today.


Bio-Rad, based in Hercules, Calif., will also assume certain liabilities of the companies, including those related to patent infringement litigation. In April, a jury said that MJ Research was responsible for $19.8 million in damages to Applied Biosystems and Roche Molecular Systems for infringing a number of PCR-related patents.


MJ GeneWorks is based in Waltham, Mass., and specializes in biological instruments and consumables, including thermal cycling instrumentation and reagents for DNA amplification.

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