Roche Molecular Systems this week unveiled the blueprint for its future molecular diagnostics strategy, providing attendees of the EuroMedLab conference in Milan, Italy, with a preview of its next two large-scale MDx systems.

Specifically, Roche introduced the Cobas 6800 and Cobas 8800 — essentially high- and very-high-throughput versions of the company's Cobas 4800 platform, which is already commercially available along with several US Food and Drug Administration-approved molecular assays.

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