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Fluidigm | Date: 2016-08-08

A combination of mutually exclusive cell-based analytical techniques can be applied to the same group of cells for analysis. The same group of cells can be prepared for analysis by each technique resulting with candidate cells targeted for mass cytometry analysis. This configuration allows for the correlation of the information between each technique to produce a matrix of multi dimension of cellular information with the same group of cells.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2017-03-29

In certain embodiments, the present invention provides a way of digitally marking different the alleles of different chromosomes by using a transposase to insert differently barcoded transposons into genomic DNA before further analysis. According to this method, each allele becomes marked with a unique pattern of transposon barcodes. Because each unique pattern of transposon barcodes identifies a particular allele, the method facilitates determinations of ploidy and copy number variation, improves the ability to discriminate among homozygotes, heterozygotes, and patterns arising from sequencing errors, and allows loci separated by uninformative stretches of DNA to be identified as linked loci, thereby facilitating haplotype determinations. Also provided is a novel artificial transposon end that includes a barcode sequence in two or more positions that are not essential for transposition.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2016-08-19

Provided are microfluidic devices and methods for fabricating and bonding such devices. Also provided are kits for analyzing analyte-containing samples and for lysing cells.


Patent
California Institute of Technology and Fluidigm | Date: 2016-09-15

The invention provides methods for determining the presence of a disease by comparing a sequence from a single target molecule with a predetermined sequence that is associated with a specific disease.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2016-08-08

In a mass cytometer or mass spectrometer, a sample of elemental tagged particles is transferred from a dispersion to a gas flow through a carrier aerosol spray for atomization and ionization by inductively coupled plasma (ICP) source. The configuration of the sample transfer apparatus allow for total consumption of the sample by passing the sample spray through a deceleration stage to decelerate the spray of particles from its high velocity expansion. Following the deceleration stage, the decelerated sample of particles can be accelerated and focused through an acceleration stage for transferring into the ICP. This effectively improves the particle transfer between the sample spray and the ICP.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2016-12-16

The present disclosure provides a looping amplification method to increase the specificity of nucleic acid amplification. This increased specificity facilitates multiplexing to a much higher degree than was previously possible.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2017-03-15

This disclosure provides a method of forming tagged nucleic acid sequences. A target polynucleotide is immobilized on a solid support; a recognition-oligonucleotide is hybridized thereto; the recognition-oligonucleotide-target polynucleotide hybrid is cleaved; and an adapter nucleic acid is ligated to the cleaved target polynucleotide, thereby forming a tagged nucleic acid sequence. Also provided is a method of forming a tagged single stranded cDNA; a method of forming a plurality of tagged heterogeneous nucleic acid sequences; a library of recognition-oligonucleotides; and methods for amplifying a cDNA sequence immobilized on a solid support. These methods and products can be used alone or in combination for integrated single cell sequencing, and can be adapted for use in a microfluidic apparatus or device.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2016-08-31

The invention relates to a new type of element encoded particles suitable for the attachment of bio molecules to enable massively multiplex bio-analytical methods, and to calibrate and tune the elemental flow cytometer mass spectrometer (FC-MS) (FIG. 1).


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2016-05-09

A microfluidic system includes a substrate, a set of input ports coupled to the substrate, and a set of output ports coupled to the substrate. The microfluidic system also includes a microfluidic processing system coupled to the substrate and including a plurality of processing sites. The microfluidic processing system is coupled to the set of input ports and the set of output ports. The microfluidic system further includes one or more microfluidic logic devices coupled to the substrate and operable to control at least a portion of the microfluidic processing system.


Patent
Fluidigm | Date: 2016-02-26

Described herein are cell-based analytic methods, including a method of incorporating nucleic acid sequences into reaction products from a cell population, wherein the nucleic acid sequences are incorporated into the reaction products of each cell individually or in small groups of cells individually. Also described herein is a matrix-type microfluidic device that permits at least two reagents to be delivered separately to each cell or group of cells, as well as primer combinations useful in the method and device.

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