FlexGen this week announced that it has closed "several million euros" in private-equity financing and said it plans to use the cash to further optimize its arrayer for use in a number of applications including genomic selection for second-generation sequencing and biomarker validation.

Specifically FlexGen will use the financing to optimize the protocols for its genomic-selection application and to start building a sales and marketing force that "will become more visible in the second half of this year," CEO Fred Dom told BioArray News this week.

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