PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 9, 2008 – Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (AMEX: BIO and BIOb), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, announced today the addition of AnalyzeIt™ Polymer IR to its KnowItAll® Informatics System. This application has been developed to aid researchers in the interpretation of the bands found in an infrared (IR) spectrum of polymeric compounds.

“The analysis of commercial polymers presents many challenges. A key piece of desired information is the spectral-structure correlation, information not available from spectral searching alone,” said Marie Scandone, Product Manager, Bio-Rad Informatics, “Our new AnalyzeIt Polymer IR software helps customers fill that gap.”

Polymer researchers can use this method of spectral interpretation for:

Identification of IR spectra of unknown polymers

Classification/pattern characterization of polymers

Interpretation of polymers in conjunction with spectral database searching

The AnalyzeIt Polymer IR application features over 100 functional groups and hundreds of interpretation frequencies. Additional information on specific features and a demo movie can be accessed at

Bio-Rad’s Informatics Division

Bio-Rad’s Informatics Division ( specializes in state-of-the-art software and database solutions for the scientific community. Bio-Rad is the leading publisher of fully verified spectral databases with a collection of over 1.3 million spectra. The company’s award-winning KnowItAll Informatics System offers a fully integrated environment with flexible and expandable software and database solutions for spectroscopy (IR, NMR, MS, Raman, NIR, UV-Vis, and spectral data management); cheminformatics; chemometrics, metabolomics, and in silico ADME/Tox prediction.

About Bio-Rad

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (AMEX: BIO and BIOb) has remained at the center of scientific discovery for more than 50 years manufacturing and distributing a broad range of products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. The company is renowned worldwide among hospitals, universities, major research institutions, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies for its commitment to quality and customer service. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is headquartered in Hercules, California, and serves more than 85,000 research and industry customers worldwide through its global network of operations. The company employs approximately 6,300 people globally and had revenues approaching $1.5 billion in 2007. For more information, visit

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Deborah Kernan, Marketing Communications Manager

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Informatics Division

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