has announced that sales of its flagship BioMark™ System for Genetic Analysis
have now surpassed 100 cumulative units in the field. The BioMark system, based
on proprietary microfluidic chips called integrated fluidic circuits (IFCs),
provides high throughput real-time qPCR enabling researchers to streamline their
experimental workflow, increase throughput and lower costs.
In addition to real-time qPCR, the BioMark system also offers digital PCR,
gene expression and genotyping capabilities for researchers. The versatility,
throughput and ease-of-use of the system, combined with the IFC technology,
enable leading research labs across the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia
to perform leading-edge research on cancer, stem cells, non-invasive prenatal
diagnostics, as well as fishery management of wild salmon and much more.
"This is Fluidigm's first system to ship more than 100 units and I'm extremely
proud of the accomplishment. Achieving this shipment milestone indicates that
we are making a contribution to life science research and to applied markets
already, yet we've only just begun," said Gajus Worthington, president
and chief executive officer of Fluidigm.
Fluidigm's BioMark system was introduced in November 2006.
Fluidigm develops, manufactures and markets proprietary Integrated Fluidic
Circuit (IFC) systems that significantly improve productivity in life science
research. Fluidigm's IFCs enable the simultaneous performance of thousands of
sophisticated biochemical measurements in extremely minute volumes. These "integrated
circuits for biology" are made possible by miniaturising and integrating
liquid handling components on a single microfluidic device (IFC). Fluidigm's
systems, consisting of instrumentation, software and single-use chips, increase
throughput, decrease costs and enhance sensitivity compared to conventional
laboratory systems. Fluidigm products have not been cleared or approved by the
Food and Drug Administration for use as a diagnostic and are only available
for research use.