Bionano Genomics Achieves Key Milestone with Software Update for its Saphyr System that Increases Throughput to 96 Human Genomes Per Week and Adds Saphyr Assure for Monitoring System Health

  • Since its launch in 2017, Saphyr® throughput has increased by 1,400%, from a maximum of 384 human genomes per year to nearly 5,000 per year with the latest software release, representing the achievement of a goal of at least 12 genomes per day by the end of 2020

  • Generation 2 Saphyr instruments (those shipped since January 2019) can now image 3 human samples to a depth of genome coverage of 100x in under 6 hours, which allows for processing up to 32 SaphyrChips® or 96 genetic disease samples per week assuming continuous operation

  • The software update also introduces Saphyr Assure which provides an automated system health monitoring feature that continuously inspects data quality and instrument performance, which is especially important for customers implementing Saphyr into production use

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO) announced the achievement of a key milestone for throughput of its Saphyr System. With the release this week of a software update for the Saphyr® Instrument, part of its system for optical genome mapping, the system is now capable of imaging up to 96 human genomes per week to a depth of coverage of 100x, or 4,992 samples per year, assuming continuous operation. Since the launch of Saphyr in 2017, annual throughput has increased 1,400% from 384 samples per year to nearly 5,000 samples per year. The expansion in throughput has been driven by the growing use of the Saphyr System in a variety of high volume settings, including discovery research and cytogenomics. The software update will come pre-installed on all systems shipped or installed beginning today and is made available free of charge for immediate installation on all Saphyr Systems installed in the field, including the first generation Saphyr systems shipped before 2019 which will see a 15% speed increase as well.

The software update also introduces Saphyr Assure, which provides an automated system health monitoring tool that continuously inspects data quality and instrument performance. Saphyr Assure is designed to monitor Saphyr's health, and, once enabled, can alert Bionano support of potential issues and allow Bionano to recommend preventative service.

Erik Holmlin, Ph.D., CEO of Bionano Genomics commented, “With this major update to Saphyr’s capabilities, Bionano continues to deliver on our promise to increase throughput of Saphyr to accommodate our customers’ expanding needs. Also, with a growing installed base of customers looking to put Saphyr into production use, Saphyr Assure will allow Bionano to work in conjunction with customers to optimize Saphyr uptime in these time-sensitive settings.”

For more information regarding the software update and installation, visit our website or contact the Bionano Support Team directly

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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Company Contact:
Erik Holmlin, CEO
Bionano Genomics, Inc.
+1 (858) 888-7610

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LifeSci Advisors, LLC
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LifeSci Communications
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