SOURCE: Bio-Rad Laboratories

July 10, 2006 15:26 ET

Bio-Rad Sponsors Biotech Summer Science Camp for Local High School Students, July 10 - 14

HERCULES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 10, 2006 -- Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (AMEX: BIO) and (AMEX: BIOb), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research products and clinical diagnostics, and the Contra Costa Economic Partnership will host the third annual Biotech Summer Science Camp at the Cal State East Bay's Concord Campus July 10 - 14. The week-long interactive program offers Contra Costa high school students with career aspirations in the sciences an opportunity to explore a full range of scientific topics while connecting with local scientists.

Not only will students be introduced to molecular biology and learn what progress is being made in disease detection, they will also conduct real life experiments with modern laboratory equipment. In addition, they'll get the chance to visit some of the Bay Area's most influential scientific centers to see applications of modern molecular biology firsthand.

"The camp is a wonderful opportunity for high school students with an interest in the sciences to really get a sense of the broad range of work opportunities that are available to them," said Colleen Corey, who heads up Bio-Rad's Community Outreach Program. "It's also a lot of fun! The students will get the chance to conduct a variety of experiments, learn about bio-ethical issues and visit companies that are involved in exciting research in the Bay Area today."

One of the activities at the camp includes a "who done it" mock crime scene investigation in which DNA fingerprints left at the scene will determine which one of the four suspects is the mock culprit. On another day, the students will be introduced to molecular biology and learn how to use various techniques such as PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and gel electrophoresis to analyze DNA samples. The students will also get the opportunity to learn about various diseases like Mad Cow Disease and hear from a panel of scientists about exciting paths to a career in biotechnology.

Bio-Rad is the presenting sponsor of the Biotech Summer Science Camp. Other sponsors include the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, Cal State East Bay's Concord Campus, Contra Costa College, Congressman George Miller's office and the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Bio-Rad's Community Outreach Program serves the local community to advance scientific literacy and contribute to important programs that stimulate scientific curiosity among youth. In addition, the committee seeks to benefit medical research and education and improve patient care. Outreach activities include the Biotech Summer Science Camp, company-sponsored mentoring programs, science fairs and an annual scholarship program. Individual volunteers at Bio-Rad also participate in fund raising activities throughout the year that support public health charities as well as giving programs that are designed to benefit under-privileged children.

About Bio-Rad

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. is a multinational manufacturer and distributor of life science research products and clinical diagnostics. Based in Hercules, California, Bio-Rad serves more than 70,000 research and industry customers worldwide through a network of more than 30 wholly owned subsidiary offices. For more information, please visit www.bio-rad.com.

Various statements made within this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" for the purposes of the Securities and Exchange Commission's "safe harbor" provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements contained herein involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from the Company's expectation.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Tina Cuccia
    Corporate Communications Manager
    Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.
    510-724-7000
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