Roche Updates Its PCR Offerings as Patent Gradually Slips Away

As the remaining moments of Roche’s PCR patent tick away, the company is trying to keep hold on a piece of the market with the launch of a new “highly sensitive” real-time PCR system.

The LightCycler ST300, which has already begun selling is composed of the company’s LightCycler 1.5, a control computer, a centrifuge, and analysis software, that together “generate results in a speedy manner,” said the company.

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