Fluidigm Collaborates with BD Biosciences to
Combine Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics for
Seminar Series Highlights Combined Technology and Workflow
August 04, 2011 11:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM)
announced today a collaboration with BD Biosciences, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), to co-
host a public seminar series on the isolation and analysis of single cells. Entitled A Powerful Technique for Single-
Cell Analysis, the public seminar series will showcase cell isolation using the BD FACSAria ™ III Cell Sorter and
analysis using the Fluidigm BioMark™ HD System.
The combination of both the cell surface phenotype obtained from cell sorting and the gene expression profiles of
individual cells isolated from a heterogeneous population of cells provides a deeper view into cellular systems.
“We believe this emerging field of single-cell genomics research will help elucidate the underlying biomolecular
processes across many diverse biomedical research areas,” said Gajus Worthington, Fluidigm president and chief
executive officer. “Numerous publications in the last two years have shown that the Fluidigm BioMark platform
enables important observations of single-cell behavior in a number of biologically relevant fields, including stem cell
research, cancer research, immunology and developmental biology,” Worthington added.
Utilizing cellular and molecular biology to profile single-cell populations alleviates the complexity caused by cell
heterogeneity. BD cell sorting systems (such as the BD FACSAria III Cell Sorter) provide scientists the flexibility to
isolate single cells of interest from thousands of cells in a population using up to 18 surface markers. Assessment of
cellular heterogeneity and the cellular bimolecular processes is obtained by assaying for differential expression levels
using the Fluidigm BioMark HD System.
“Since the introduction of the powerful BD FACSAria III Cell Sorter, its immediate improvement on sensitivity and
ease-of-use opened the complex world of cell sorting to a broader audience of researchers, enabling them to
perform a wider range of applications,” said James Glasscock, President, BD Biosciences – Cell Analysis. “We
believe that joining our expertise in cell sorting with Fluidigm’s ability to provide real-time polymerase chain reaction
gene expression profiles of hundreds of genes from multiple minute samples will greatly simplify and advance single-
The seminar series will discuss the experimental workflows of both companies’ technologies -- BD FACSAria III
Cell Sorter and the Fluidigm BioMark HD System -- that reveal cell population heterogeneity. These public seminars
are being held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New York City, Houston and Montreal, in addition to a
number of private institutions throughout North America.
Fluidigm (NASDAQ:FLDM) develops, manufactures and markets microfluidic systems for growth markets in the life
science and agricultural biotechnology, or Ag-Bio, industries. Fluidigm’s proprietary microfluidic systems consist of
instruments and consumables, including integrated fluidic circuits, or chips, and reagents. These systems are designed
to significantly simplify experimental workflow, increase throughput and reduce costs, while providing the excellent
data quality demanded by customers. Fluidigm actively markets three microfluidic systems including nine different
commercial chips to leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic institutions and Ag-Bio
For more information, please visit www.fluidigm.com.
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Use of Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements relating to current expectations
concerning single-cell genomics research and the ability of Fluidigm’s products to contribute to such research. We
cannot predict how the field of single cell genomics research may develop and whether or to what extent a market
for products facilitating single cell genomics research will affect Fluidigm’s future revenues and operating results.
Factors that could materially affect Fluidigm’s future results include, but are not limited to, risks relating to market
acceptance of Fluidigm’s products, the potential for quarterly variations in Fluidigm’s operating results, Fluidigm’s
ability to successfully launch new products and applications, competition in our primary markets, and our need to
expand our sales, marketing, and distribution capabilities. Information on these and additional risks, uncertainties,
and other information affecting Fluidigm’s business and operating results are contained in Fluidigm’s Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other
filings Fluidigm makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only
as of the date hereof. Fluidigm Corporation disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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