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Bioline Launches New Products for Epigenetics Research

February 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM EST

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18, 2014-- Bioline, The PCR Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO), announces that it has entered the rapidly growing Epigenetics field, with the launch of the first kits in the new EPIK™ product range; EPIK™ Fast Quantification Kit and EPIK™ Amplification Kit.

These EPIKTM Kits have been developed to meet the needs of researchers employing PCR and real-time PCR analysis in Epigenetics, by delivering significantly increased reliability and sensitivity. Currently the majority of techniques used in Epigenetics have been found to be unreliable and not reproducible. Methylation of DNA is one of the best-studied epigenetic phenomena with bisulfite-modification of DNA considered to be the best method to study DNA methylation patterns. The EPIK™ Kits are based on the highly sensitive, and customer proven, MyTaq™ and SensiFAST™ polymerases together with a novel EPIKORE™ buffer system, formulated to overcome the challenges associated with bisulfite-modified DNA templates. The high-speed, enhanced specificity and outstanding reliability of the EPIK™ Kits makes them perfectly suited to high-throughput epigenetic analysis.

Marco Calzavara, President of Bioline, said, “Epigenetic changes alter the physical structure of DNA and can turn genes on or off. Strong links have been identified between Epigenetics, aging and cancer; consequently there is a lot of active research in this rapidly growing field. Our customers have told us that reliability is a major issue in Epigenetic analysis, and with the launch of these new kits, we will bring new levels of reproducibility and sensitivity to this field.”

Richard L. Eberly, President of Meridian Life Science, Inc., stated, “We are delighted with the launch of this new product range. Researchers world-wide will now have greater confidence in their results, as they push the boundaries of Epigenetics understanding. The EPIKTM range is a further demonstration of our commitment to our life science customers and to bringing innovation and quality products to the research laboratory, clinical diagnostic laboratories, and biotechnology companies.”


Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, purified reagents and related products and offers biopharmaceutical enabling technologies. Utilizing a variety of methods, these products and diagnostic tests provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral and respiratory infections. Meridian’s diagnostic products are used outside of the human body and require little or no special equipment. The Company's products are designed to enhance patient well-being while reducing the total outcome costs of healthcare. Meridian has strong market positions in the areas of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections, serology, parasitology and fungal disease diagnosis. In addition, Meridian is a supplier of rare reagents, specialty biologicals and related technologies used by biopharmaceutical companies engaged in research for new drugs and vaccines. The Company markets its products and technologies to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, diagnostics manufacturers and biotech companies in more than 60 countries around the world. The Company’s shares are traded on NASDAQ’s Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is


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