The FR48.48 Dynamic Array IFC is the first in a line of reusable chip products that will significantly lower costs and enable the use of SNP genotyping in a wide range of applications, including plant and animal biotechnology. The dramatically lower costs and accelerated workflow will provide tremendous economic value, allowing researchers to bring the benefits of molecular breeding, quality control, and genetic testing to farmers and consumers. The chip has been specially designed to give remarkable performance in the three primary areas of importance for SNP genotyping -- cost, throughput and data quality.

The reusable chip can decrease the cost per genotype by up to 80 percent for ultra-high throughput SNP genotyping customers when compared to Fluidigm's single-use 48.48 Dynamic Array IFC and is designed to support an accelerated workflow for higher sample throughput applications. Each chip can be used up to five times and is able to produce results for 48 samples across 48 assays for a total of up to 11,520 genotypes over the five uses. Fast-loading and thermal cycling allows a single operator to run more than 3X the numbers of samples in a day when compared to using single-use 48.48 Dynamic Array IFCs. The reusable chip provides 99 percent or greater call rates, and 99.75 percent or higher accuracy.

"We have seen a tremendous amount of interest since the announcement of our reusable chip architecture," states Gajus Worthington, Fluidigm President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are proud to offer the first of our reusable IFC products enabling our customers to utilize this breakthrough technology and enjoy the benefits of ultra-low cost, high sample throughput SNP genotyping."

The launch of the reusable FR48.48 Dynamic Array IFC is accompanied by the introduction of the new IFC Controller WX, a device that automatically performs fast loading or cleaning of this reusable IFC. The reusable FR48.48 chip can be loaded in just 30 minutes and the overall time for loading and thermal cycling is only about one hour, compared to approximately three hours for single-use 48.48 Dynamic Array IFCs.

The FR48.48 chip and the IFC Controller WX are part of a complete system designed to meet the needs of high sample throughput SNP genotyping. The product family now includes the reusable FR48.48 Dynamic Array IFC, the IFC Controller WX, the ultra-fast FC1™ Cycler, and either Fluidigm's EP1™ Reader or BioMark™ System.

Fluidigm develops, manufactures and markets proprietary Integrated Fluidic Circuit (IFC) systems that significantly improve productivity in life science research. Fluidigm IFCs enable the simultaneous performance of thousands of sophisticated biochemical measurements in extremely minute volumes. These "integrated circuits for biology" are made possible by miniaturizing and integrating liquid handling components on a single microfluidic device. Fluidigm systems, consisting of instrumentation, software and chips, increase throughput, decrease costs and enhance sensitivity compared to conventional laboratory systems.

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