Bio-Rad Droplet Digital PCR – Seminar and Instrument Demonstrations

Published: September 10th, 2012

Category: All News, Announcements, Gene Expression and Genotyping

3rd Generation PCR: A High-Throughput Droplet Digital PCR System for Copy Number Variation Determination, Detection of Rare Sequences, Gene Expression and miRNA Analysis, and Next-Gen Sequencing Libraries Quantification

Presented by: Yihua Che, Ph.D., Field Applications Scientist, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Digital PCR enables the absolute quantification of nucleic acids in a sample. The lack of scalable and practical technologies for digital PCR implementation has hampered the widespread adoption of this inherently powerful technique. This talk will provide a technical overview of a commercially available droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) system that enables processing of 2 million PCR reactions using conventional TaqMan assays with a 96-well plate workflow. Data from key applications will be presented to demonstrate that the massive partitioning afforded by our ddPCR system provide orders of magnitude more precision and sensitivity than real-time PCR. First, we show the accurate measurement of germline copy number variation. Second, for rare alleles, we show sensitive detection of mutant DNA in a 100,00-fold excess of wildtype background. Third, we demonstrate the power of absolute quantification for applications including sequencing library quantitation and measuring miRNAs in plasma. We anticipate this ddPCR system will allow researchers to explore complex genetic landscapes, discover and validate new disease associations, and define a new era of molecular diagnostics.


Seminar will be held on: October 2, 2012 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


Instrument Demonstrations will be held on:

Tuesday, October 2 – 10:00 AM -11:30 AM

Tuesday, October 2 -1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 39:00 AM -12:00 PM


*Lunch will be served, please RSVP to Fred Souret,, 510-717-2476 or Al Guarino,, 904-657-3542



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