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Company Description (as filed with the SEC)
Founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1957, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (referred to in this report as "Bio-Rad," "we," "us," and "our") was initially engaged in the development and production of specialty chemicals used in biochemical, pharmaceutical and other life science research applications. We entered the field of clinical diagnostics with the development of our first test kit based on separation techniques and materials developed for life science research. Through internal research and development efforts and acquisitions we have expanded into various markets. Today, Bio-Rad manufactures and supplies the life science research, healthcare, analytical chemistry and other markets with a broad range of products and systems used to separate complex chemical and biological materials and to identify, analyze and purify their components. As we broadened our product lines, we also expanded our geographical market. ... More ...