SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 23 – Cepheid on Tuesday posted third-quarter revenues of $2.8 million versus $2.3 for the same quarter a year ago, the company announced.

For the nine months ending September 30, 2001, revenue jumped 85 percent to $8.1 million compared to $4.4 million for the same period in 2000.

The company said the revenue increase was due to increased sales of its Smart Cycler DNA analysis systems, with sales increasing to $2 million from $1.6 million for the same quarter in 2000.

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