SAN FRANCISCO (GenomeWeb News) – The 32nd Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference continued here Wednesday with presentations from several life science tools and diagnostic firms.

The following are capsules from the presentations and breakout sessions of Nanostring, Becton Dickinson, Bio-Rad, Cepheid, Quidel, GenMark, Pacific Biosciences, and Adaptive Biotechnologies. Coverage of Danaher's presentation, in which the company discussed its acquisition plans, is available here.

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