NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Fluidigm this week announced that it plans by the end of the year to launch an early access program for its upcoming imaging mass cytometry platform.
Based on Fluidigm's CyTOF mass cytometry platform and research by University of Zurich researcher Bernd Bodenmiller, the platform allows users to obtain spatial and expression information on up to 30 proteins simultaneously at the single-cell level, the company said.
This "extension of mass cytometry combines an upfront laser ablation module with the CyTOF platform," Gajus Worthington, Fluidigm president and CEO, said in a statement. "This will enable scientists to track protein identity, quantity, and location within a tissue sample, allowing entirely new studies of cellular heterogeneity and function.”
Fluidigm has begun accepting applications for early access to the device.