The FC1 Cycler from Fluidigm Corporation is designed to reduce the thermal cycling time by a factor of three when compared with the company's current products.
The FC1 Cycler can reduce overall system configuration costs for customers
conducting high sample throughput SNP genotyping since they will need fewer
thermal cyclers to achieve their output requirements.
In addition to the fast thermal cycling capability, the cycler integrates a
self-contained vacuum source and touch screen interface (that offers easy
editing of thermal protocols) in a streamlined design that minimizes lab
space requirements while maximizing productivity.
The FC1 Cycler is fully compatible with Fluidigm's 96.96 and 48.48 Dynamic
Array IFCs and its 12.765 Digital Array IFC. The FC1 Cycler, combined with
either the Fluidigm EP1 Reader or BioMark Real-time PCR System, can complete
the entire workflow of the system in a matter of hours with only minutes of
hands-on time for loading the chips. This is compared to days of hands-on
time and weeks of effort to complete this volume of work using traditional
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
miniaturizing and integrating liquid handling components on a single
microfluidic device (IFC). Fluidigm’s IFC systems, consisting of
instrumentation, software and single-use IFCs, 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
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