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Roche Molecular Systems has been awarded US Patent No. 8,110,396, "Thermocycling device with a thermal switch comprising a magnetic or metal thermoconducting liquid and a stimulating unit."
Daniel Bommer and Thomas Schlaubitz are named as inventors on the patent.

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According to its developers, the new method may be able to serve as the basis for extremely inexpensive and easy-to-use molecular diagnostic tests in developing nations since it eliminates the need for expensive and delicate thermal cyclers.

Hologic, BioMeriuex, Cornell University, Life Technologies, Samsung, Enzo Life Sciences, National Taiwan University, and others awarded US patents.

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