NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - Cepheid said today that it has received an order for 16 of its Smart Cycler II starter systems from the FDA for general use in food safety testing.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Cepheid said roughly 60 percent of state public health institutions use Smart Cycler systems for pathogen detection.

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