Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company, develops, manufactures, and markets integrated systems for testing in the clinical market and non-clinical markets. Its systems enable molecular testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases by automating manual laboratory procedures. The company primarily offers GeneXpert system that integrates sample preparation in addition to DNA amplification and detection. The GeneXpert system is designed for reference laboratories, hospital central laboratories, and satellite testing locations, such as emergency departments and intensive care units within hospitals, as well as physician offices and other alternate site laboratories. The company offers GeneXpert system for testing in the areas of healthcare associated infections, critical infectious disease, sexual health, women’s health, virology, oncology, and genetics. It also provides SmartCycler system, which integrates DNA amplification and detection to allow rapid analysis of a sample; and GeneXpert Infinity System for high volume testing. The company sells its products through its direct sales force and distributors worldwide. It has collaboration agreements with FIND, Life Technologies Corporation, AstraZeneca plc, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline plc, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the BMGF, Medimmune and Combacte, and others. The company was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.