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Flu Testing Fuels Revenue Growth in Roche's PCR, Purification Business This Year

Roche last week said that demand for influenza testing products drove a 24 percent spike in sales for its PCR and nucleic acid purification business in the first nine months of 2009.

Specifically, the company said that sales of its MagNA Pure nucleic acid sample-prep system and its LightCycler thermal cycler were the "biggest contributors" to growth in its Applied Science business, which reported an overall year-to-date revenue increase of 12 percent, to 616 million Swiss francs ($608 million). The firm does not break out sales revenues for its specific product lines.

Roche's Applied Science business contributed 8 percent to Roche Diagnostics' overall revenues of 7.4 billion Swiss francs during the period. Overall sales for the company, including the Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics divisions, totaled 36.4 billion Swiss francs for the first nine months, an 11 percent increase over last year's revenues.

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