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Life Technologies Announces Next-Gen Digital PCR Instrument Designed for Widespread Adoption
Date:11/7/2012

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: LIFE) today announces the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System, a scalable, chip-based instrument that is democratizing this technology for a rapidly growing market. Featuring a simple workflow with minimal hands-on time, the benchtop platform is disruptively priced at $30,000 -- enabling access to a broader community. The system is currently with early access customers and commercial shipments will begin in the first half of 2013.

Designed with a scalable architecture, the QuantStudio™ 3D Digital PCR System's first generation chips enable up to 20,000 data points in a single run -- coverage that satisfies the needs for most digital PCR applications today.  The capacity of future chips will increase exponentially to meet increasing demands of the research community.  

The new platform is the latest addition to a growing line of QuantStudio™ digital qPCR instruments from Life Technologies. It complements the QuantStudio™ 12K Flex Real-Time PCR System, which the company launched earlier this year and provides the highest throughput capability for digital PCR on the market.  

Considered until recently a niche segment, the digital PCR market is expected to grow to nearly $250 million globally by 2016. Researchers worldwide use real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to amplify and quantify nucleic acids. Digital PCR takes researchers beyond the limits of real-time PCR for applications that require absolute quantitation of targeted DNA molecules. Additionally, Life's simple workflow and chip-based platform reduce the risk of sample contamination and loss of DNA normally associated with droplet-based systems. The technology is ideal for accurately detect
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