SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fluidigm Corporation (NASDAQ:FLDM) and GenomOncology today announced a distribution agreement to co-market the GO Clinical Workbench™ for molecular interpretation of somatic variants identified using Fluidigm systems. An elegant solution for clinical research laboratories seeking accuracy, flexibility, and scalability, this combined offering will enable laboratories to achieve greater workflow efficiencies and productivity from NGS library preparation, variant annotation and reporting. Fluidigm currently provides highly-scalable workflows for NGS library preparation that offer significant cost savings and workflow improvements over the largely manual, low-throughput library preparation workflows available today. Utilizing the Juno™ Targeted DNA Sequencing Library Preparation System, a wide range of panels can easily be produced, from targeted multiplexed panels covering a few user-defined genes to more comprehensive panels of 4,800 or more amplicons from hundreds of genes. With the additional flexibility to add new markers over time, laboratories can also be well-positioned to meet the demands of NGS library preparation today and well into the future. Fluidigm plans to further expand this offering by developing NGS somatic mutation panels together with optimized automated library preparation protocols for use with the Juno system. GenomOncology and Fluidigm plan to co-market the Juno targeted NGS library preparation workflow for use with the GO Clinical Workbench, a proven knowledge-enabled software solution that provides decision support to enable precision oncology research programs. The GO Clinical Workbench is built upon a foundation of expert knowledge curated by My Cancer Genome, which provides information related to cancer genes and variants, targeted therapies, prognostic implications, clinical trials, and cell-signaling pathways. This knowledge base, augmented with information from FDA, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and other annotation sources, is readily available via the GO Clinical Workbench. In support of this partnership, Fluidigm and GenomOncology plan to co-present in the Fluidigm Corporate Workshop at the American Molecular Pathology (AMP) annual meeting on November 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.