Bio-Rad Announces a New Release of its KnowItAll® Spectroscopy Software

Features Enhanced Technologies for Spectral Search Optimization, Quality Control, and Deformulation HERCULES, CA – October 22, 2015 – Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global provider of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced a new release of its KnowItAll® spectroscopy software. One of the key enhancements of the new release is “Optimized Corrections,” a breakthrough patent-pending technology that performs a computationally complex set of corrections on all query and reference spectra in a search to find the optimal match between the query and each reference spectrum. Multiple corrections are applied automatically to compensate for differences between spectra caused by the variability of different instruments and accessories and other factors including human error. KnowItAll’s Optimized Corrections yield better matches to reference spectra than can be attained using rigid search algorithms alone or with manual methods to optimize spectra for searching. This feature is critical as the inflexible mathematical algorithms traditionally employed in spectral searching cannot compensate for errors in spectra that are flawed. Moreover, while manual corrections can be made by expert spectroscopists, those less experienced in spectroscopy are often unaware of how to perform the necessary corrections on their sample spectrum to achieve the best result. “The addition of Bio-Rad’s patent-pending Optimized Corrections technology highlights Bio-Rad’s continued commitment to adding spectral intelligence to its software,” said Gregory M. Banik, PhD, Bio-Rad General Manager, Informatics. “The combination of intelligent software with a comprehensive collection of spectral data helps scientists make faster and more accurate analyses,” he said.