By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – This week executives from several firms in the molecular research tools and molecular diagnostics fields made their pitch to investors at the annual UBS Global Life Sciences Conference held here.

Below are snapshots from those firms' presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

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