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PCRmax Eco 48 Real-Time PCR System

PCRmax, a Bibby Scientific company, has launched the Eco 48 real-time PCR system. The optimized instrument is capable of running 40 cycles in 15 minutes using standard chemistries and plastics, Bibby said. In a typical run, it can still complete 40 cycles in 40 minutes, compared to two hours with competitive systems. The Eco 48 also has the most uniform block of any thermal cycler (+/-0.1 °C with no settle time) thanks to the patented silver and gold hollow thermal block filled with a thermally conductive fluid, Bibby said.

The Eco system was previously commercialized by Illumina. In September of this year, Bibby Scientific acquired PCRmax, which had earlier acquired the rights to the Eco system from Illumina after it exited the PCR market.

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