By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – PCR technology development company QuantaLife announced late Friday that it had closed on a Series B financing round, raising $17.2 million.

The majority of the funds will be used to create a commercialization operation to launch its Droplet Digital PCR platform for the research market and to accelerate development of targeted diagnostic tests, the Pleasanton, Calif.-based company said in a statement.

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