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Bio-Rad News, Discoveries, Takeovers and Work culture
Bio-Rad laboratories developed in 1952, continues to deliver the best innovative tools in clinical diagnostics and scientific research to the world. With a global team of over 7,300 employees, this company provides services to more than 100, 000 research and industry customers. It has its headquarters in Hercules, California.

Bio-Rad has hands on expertise on development of new and innovative technology that would be of use in genomics, medical field, food safety, drug discovery, medical diagnostics and proteomics. The firm has built strong customer relationships that would pave way for improved and advanced scientific research and also help in development of new and innovative diagnostic tools.

The life science research technologies of Bio-Rad includes electrophoresis, microbiology, protein functional analysis, amplification, transfection, droplet digital PCR, multiplex immunoassay and chromatography. Bio-Rad has been listed in the NYSE as BIO and BIOb.

Popular biotech products
The products of Bio-Rad are considered as “gold standard” for diabetes monitoring and QC – quality control systems.

The Bio-Rad products provide a great deal of support to the researchers across the globe. The life science research group of Bio-Rad develops, manufacturers as well as promotes a wide variety of instruments, consumables and apparatus that would benefit the researchers and consumers at large.

The group of clinical diagnostics of Bio-Rad develops, manufactures and markets products for laboratory diagnosis. The diagnostic products developed and manufactured by this firm have turned out to be a boon for detecting, identifying and quantifying substances in body fluids and tissues. These products help a great deal in diagnosis, identification and treatment of various medical diseases and conditions.

Latest discoveries
Bio-Rad laboratories have made a significant contribution in the areas of microbial testing, food science, process separations, clinical diagnostics and life science education. The rapid chromogenic media for testing the microbial quality of foods has enabled the rapid testing of food samples. To add to this, the water testing kits developed by the firm has enabled rapid testing of the microbial quality of water.

The Bio-Rad TSE testing products have been around since the time of BSE crisis aroused in Europe. The TSE testing products include reagent kits, equipments and software.

Of late, the firm introduced New iQ – Check Prep system for Automated Real - time PCR detection of food pathogens. This latest discovery of Bio-Rad has made detection of food pathogens possible by automating sample preparation. The sample is then detected by real - time PCR. It also released its very new food pathogens testing kits – iQ-Check STEC VirX and SerO kits. The VirX kit is used for detection of Shiga toxins that produce E coli. The SerO kit is meant for detecting Shiga toxins that produce E coli of O157:H7, O26, O45, O103, O121 and O145.

Amongst food testing kits, Bio-Rad laboratories developed, iQ - Check S. Enteritidis kit for the rapid detection of Salmonella Enteritidis using the real – time PCR method. This method helps identify the presence and enumeration of Salmonella Enteritidis in egg and poultry samples in just a few hours.

Bio-Rad laboratories are also expected to launch cell sorter that would enable advance research in the area of cell analysis. A test panel for celiac disease will also be introduced in the year 2013.

Recent company takeovers
The year 2002 witnessed the collaboration of Bio-Rad and Quantase Ltd. of Perth, Scotland. Quantase Ltd specializes in diagnostic tools for screening of newborn diseases. It has been estimated that the current market for newborn screening tests will reach $100 million across the world and will increase by 10% each year.

In the beginning of 2013, the company joined hands with AbD Serotec that would facilitate the firm to carry out more advanced research with antibodies.

Recent corporate news
The Bio-Rad stock price recorded for August 13, 2013 was $117.10. For the year 2010, the company had revenues exceeding $1.9 billion. The sale for the year 2012, was around $2.1 billion which was a bit lower than what was recorded for the year 2011.

Work culture
The work culture at Bio-Rad is dynamic with a positive environment. The employees are the heart and soul of the company and it is through their dedication and hard work that the firm has received the much needed success and achievements. The employees of Bio-Rad laboratories give in their best to churn out superior quality products for the world at large. The products developed by this firm have made research easier and they can devote more time in developing quality products for a global clientele.
Bio-Rad considers its employees as its assets who are ready to undertake any task for taking the firm to new defined avenues.

Interesting events
Bio-Rad laboratories has been celebrating its diamond anniversary. Following this, there are many other interesting events that have taken place in the past as well as in the current year.
• The company reports its second – quarter final financial reports.
• It also introduced the QX200 Droplet Digital PCR system.
• In the year 2012, The USDA gave no objection letter for Bio-Rad’s method for STEC detection in beef.
• Bio-Rad also received approval from AOAC for iQ-Check for Campylobacter detection.
• In the same year, the NF validation was renewed for 2 real – time PCR kits for detection of E coli O157:H7 and Salmonella.
• Qualitative test kits for infant formulae and environment samples also received the NordVal approval.

Recent job openings


Bio-Rad laboratories is always on the hunt for new and vibrant individuals who can strive hard to take the company to new heights. The company is always open for hard working and dedicated individuals with an analytical mind. Such individuals can conduct high quality research and deliver best and superior products to customers worldwide. Job openings for various positions are available and interested candidates can drop in their resume. Individuals can even upload their resume at the company’s website and wait for the recruitment process. Bio-Rad laboratories also has special summer internship package for individuals. Interns are given state – of –the-n art experience with equipment, instruments and facilities. The firm has also made special provisions for paid internships in the fields of engineering, biochemistry, quality control, environmental health and safety, information technology, research and development.
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Bio-Rad with its Head Quarters in Hercules, California has established itself in many other countries across the globe like Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, china, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK and US.

The key areas of operations of Bio-Rad are
Life Sciences
Clinical Diagnostics
Food Science
Process separations
Life Science Education

Hence the job opportunities Bio-Rad are diverse in nature and people from different disciplines like life sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, MBA, information technology, statistics, molecular biology, medical sciences can always look into Bio-Rad’s vacancy related news to grab an opportunity.

Current job Announcements (August 2013)

Lab Technician (Production): People with Bachelors degree either in biology or immunology with minimum 2 years of industrial experience can apply.

Chemist I: Life Sciences degree with experience in the field of clinical diagnostics or medical devices.

Scientist (Product development): People from streams of molecular biology, biochemistry, enzymology or analytical chemistry (Masters degree or Ph.D in the respective field) with hands on experience (minimum 2 years) in PCR, Analytical methods (Nucleic acids), DNA sequencing.

Scientist: Masters degree or Ph.D in Molecular biology with minimum of 5 years and maximum of seven years experience in Biotechnology Research and Development or in industries manufacturing medical devices.

Customs Specialist: Either BA or a Bachelors degree in Life sciences with 10 years experience in Customs (import/export).

Technical Writer: Bachelors degree in biological or chemical sciences or a degree in Engineering with 5 years of relevant experience.

Technical Support : Bachelors degree in life sciences along with minimum 2 years of working experience in clinical lab / Quality control/ data analysis (fresher can also apply).

More details regarding the job profile, educational requirements, location, nature of the job, salary package etc., can be obtained from the company’s website.

Apart from various Full time/ temporary job openings, Bio-Rad also offer various student internship programmes and the announcements regarding the same are made in the company’s website.
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