Bionano Genomics Continues to See Expansion in the Adoption of Saphyr for Digital Cytogenetics at Leading Medical Institutions

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO) announced today that its Saphyr system has been adopted through reagent-rentals by four additional institutions in Europe: the Department of Human Genetics, Ruhr University Bochum and the Clinic for Pediatrics III, University Hospital Essen in Germany and the Institute for Medical Genetics and Pathology at the University Hospital Basel and the Institute for Medical Genetics, Zurich in Switzerland.

At each medical institute, integration of Bionano’s Saphyr will be used to help validate Bionano’s genome imaging technology against standard methods in cytogenetic analysis as a path to streamline the diagnostics workflow for constitutional genetic conditions and for cancer diagnostics. Genome analysis with Saphyr consolidates into a single assay the testing that typically requires three separate structural variant analysis techniques (karyotyping, fluorescence in situ hybridization and chromosomal microarrays). With its demonstrated sensitivity as low as approximately 1% allele fraction, we believe Saphyr meets or exceeds the performance requirements to help drive adoption.

“Building on the recent momentum of Saphyr’s integration within multiple leading medical institutes in Italy, Spain and France, we are encouraged by the continued growth and expansion of Saphyr adoption most recently in Germany and Switzerland, particularly during a challenging summer in Europe.” said Erik Holmlin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Bionano. “It's great to see this momentum, which we hope serves as evidence that markets continue to open up and that our recently unveiled reagent rental model is well-received as something that lowers the barrier to Saphyr adoption. Combined with the ongoing validation study at Medicover MVZ, Munich, which is designed to obtain national accreditation for Saphyr in constitutional cytogenetics in Germany, we remain enthusiastic about continued growth in Saphyr adoption for applications in cytogenetics.”

Dr. Huu Phuc Nguyen, director of Ruhr University Bochum’s Department of Human Genetics, stated, “My team and I are planning to validate Bionano’s technology and plan to integrate Saphyr into our workflow. Our aim is to substitute or even replace some older generation technologies to be more efficient and more accurate in our daily work."

Dr. Nils von Neuhoff, professor of molecular genetics at the University Hospital Essen added, “The Hospital Essen and my team are planning to validate the Saphyr system. We are the national reference lab for diagnostics of childhood AML. Among our focuses is the identification of the leukemic stem cell of AML. We plan to analyze this cell, which is central to the disease, using new genetic analysis technologies, including Saphyr. The output of this technology can be used to create genetic profiles of the tumors, optimize therapies and develop new active substances for patients.”

Bionano plans to continue driving adoption of the Saphyr System globally and replace or supplement older, outdated cytogenetic technologies to optimize diagnostic outcomes that may enable medical professionals to provide superior care to patients.

About Bionano Genomics
Bionano is a genome analysis company providing tools and services based on its Saphyr system to scientists and clinicians conducting genetic research and patient testing, and providing diagnostic testing for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities through its Lineagen business. Bionano’s Saphyr system is a platform for ultra-sensitive and ultra-specific structural variation detection that enables researchers and clinicians to accelerate the search for new diagnostics and therapeutic targets and to streamline the study of changes in chromosomes, which is known as cytogenetics. The Saphyr system is comprised of an instrument, chip consumables, reagents and a suite of data analysis tools, and genome analysis services to provide access to data generated by the Saphyr system for researchers who prefer not to adopt the Saphyr system in their labs. Lineagen has been providing genetic testing services to families and their healthcare providers for over nine years and has performed over 65,000 tests for those with neurodevelopmental concerns. For more information, visit or

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Bionano Genomics, Inc.
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