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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