NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche reported today that first-quarter revenues for its diagnostics division, which includes its molecular diagnostics and applied science businesses, rose 3 percent to CHF2.36 billion ($2.06 billion) year over year.

The Swiss drugs and diagnostics giant said that its molecular diagnostics business brought in revenues of CHF294 million for the quarter with growth driven by automated real-time PCR platforms and blood-screening products.

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