By Justin Petrone

Fluidigm plans to invest $18.2 million in new financing on R&D for its gene-expression, genotyping, and sequence-capture applications, and to grow its global sales and marketing force, according to a company representative.

Spokesperson Howard High told BioArray News this week that the new funding, raised from a private placement of its stock, should also provide Fluidigm with "enough cushion to reach profitability."

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