Fluidigm has launched a reusable bio-chip FR48.48 Dynamic Array integrated fluidic circuit (IFC) for the SNP genotyping market.

The FR48.48 Dynamic Array IFC is 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 bio-chip allows researchers to bring the benefits of molecular breeding, quality control and genetic testing to costomers.

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.

Fluidigm said that 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.

Fluidigm claimed that the reusable chip can decrease the cost per genotype by up to 80% for ultra-high throughput SNP genotyping customers when compared to Fluidigm’s single-use 48.48 Dynamic Array IFC. It is designed to support an accelerated workflow for higher sample throughput applications.

Additionally, 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.

Fluidigm president and CEO Gajus Worthington said that they were proud to offer their reusable IFC products enabling their customers to utilise the technology and enjoy the benefits of ultra-low cost, high sample throughput SNP genotyping.