Barcode Library Allows Multiplexing Of 96 Genomic Samples Per Run

February 22, 2012 - Fluidigm Corporation has announced the availability of the Access Array™ Barcode Library for the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (PGM) sequencer. This barcode library allows multiplexing of up to 96 different samples in a single sequencing run.

"The Access Array Barcode Library for the Ion Torrent PGM enables the growing base of Ion Torrent users to dramatically improve their sample preparation for amplicon sequencing. The library uses a bidirectional amplicon tagging approach to allow reads to be obtained from both ends and across the full length of the amplicon with single-read sequencing. This eliminates the need for paired-end read sequencing," said Gajus Worthington, Fluidigm President and CEO.

The Fluidigm Access Array System prepares amplicons for resequencing without the need for any additional library preparation and can operate with any next-generation sequencer (NGS) on the market. It prepares these amplicons in just hours, instead of days, and performs the sample preparation for less than $10 per sample. In addition, using the Access Array Barcode Libraries developed for the Illumina, Roche, and Ion Torrent sequencing platforms, researchers can test the same amplicon pools to cross-validate sequencing results across different NGS platforms.

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 chips, assays and other 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 eight different commercial chips, to leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic institutions and Ag-Bio companies. For more information, please visit

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