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Roche Inks LightCycler Nano OEM Deal with IT-IS

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche Applied Science today said that it has inked an OEM agreement with IT-IS Life Sciences for distribution of the new LightCycler Nano instrument.

UK-based IT-IS will manufacture the new instrument for Roche, which said that it will complete the firm's portfolio for low-throughput real-time PCR systems. Roche intends to launch the system in mid-2011.

The new LightCycler Nano is a 32-well format, real-time PCR cycler designed as a bench-top companion for lab researchers performing real-time PCR on a daily basis.

"The new LightCycler Nano Instrument delivers proven high quality at an affordable price and expands our qPCR business into a new segment," Gerd Haberhausen, Life Cycle Leader qPCR and NA Purification of Roche Applied Science, said in a statement.

Financial terms of the agreement with IT-IS were not disclosed.