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Vernier and Bio-Rad to Offer Enhanced Solutions for Biotechnology Education
Date:11/18/2009

Vernier's experience in data analysis combined with Bio-Rad's Biotechnology Explorer (TM) program kits and curricula provide state-of-the-art solutions to biotechnology education

BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Vernier Software & Technology, a provider of educational science interfaces, sensors, and software and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostics products that include its Biotechnology Explorer(TM) program, are combining their respective expertise in science education products to offer an enhanced biotechnology curricula for educators as well as students at the high school and college-level.

The newly combined curriculum will bring together Vernier's instructor-friendly data-acquisition equipment with Bio-Rad's industry-standard Biotechnology Explorer program kits and equipment. An example of the curriculum being developed features instructional tools that allow teachers to utilize Bio-Rad's lab activities for bacterial transformation and DNA electrophoresis in conjunction with Vernier's Blue and White Digital Bioimaging Systems and Logger Pro Software.

"Students need a real-world, high-end lab experience to learn these complex concepts," said David Vernier, Vernier co-founder and a former physics teacher. "This partnership combines the expertise of both organizations to create lab experiences that are easy for instructors to implement. We believe partnering with Bio-Rad will allow us to better meet the needs of life science instructors at the high school and college levels."

Vernier and Bio-Rad are currently offering workshops on their new solutions and presented a joint workshop at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference in Denver in November 2009. For more information about these events, visit www.vernier.com/workshops.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has been an innovator of data-collection technology for 28 years. Creating easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and software, their products can be found in education from elementary school to college. Vernier helps teachers enhance their science curriculum, increase learning, and build students' critical thinking skills. Vernier's technologies are in use worldwide in more than 125 countries. For more information visit www.vernier.com.

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) has remained at the center of scientific discovery for more than 50 years, manufacturing and distributing a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, major research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for its commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs over 6,500 people globally and had revenues exceeding $1.7 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit www.bio-rad.com.

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