Bio-Rad last week reported a 3 percent uptick in fourth-quarter 2011 revenues in its overall business and Life Science segment, the latter driven primarily by strong sales in its core markets of electrophoresis, imaging, and real-time PCR-based gene expression.

In addition, Bio-Rad executives said that the digital PCR platform the company acquired in October along with biotech firm QuantaLife is expected to generate $20 million in sales in 2012; and that an increased investment in the platform would likely also drive up R&D costs at the company.

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