Multi-Center Evaluation of Bionano Optical Genome Mapping by Cytogenetics Thought Leaders in the US Leads to Recommendation for Bionano’s Saphyr to Replace Karyotyping as First-Line Test for Detection and Identification of Structural and Copy Number Variants in Leukemia Patients

  • Saphyr
    all clinically relevant
    structural variants (
    copy number variants
    in 100 AML samples
    making it 100% concordant with standard of care

  • Saphyr
    ed additional
    clinically relevant SVs
    above and beyond standard of care
    11% of cases and
    refined the
    genomic structure
    of cases
    , which
    Optical Genome Mapping
    with Saphyr has the potential
    prognosis and
    patient management

  • Study
    are from leading institutions in the United States
    Augusta University, Columbia University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer
    Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson
    Cancer Center
    Penn State University

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO) announced the publication of a study led by cytogenetics experts from the nation’s top clinical and cancer centers in which they recommended that optical genome mapping (OGM) using Bionano’s Saphyr System be considered as a first-line test for detection and identification of clinically relevant structural variants and copy number variants in leukemias. The paper, published this week in medRxiv, describes detection and identification of structural variants and copy number variants in 100 patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). This study is the largest to-date in leukemia for Bionano and the first published study from the United States comparing Bionano’s OGM to karyotyping, the current standard of care in leukemia testing.

The authors, who are cytogenetic leaders from prestigious institutions including Augusta University, Columbia University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson and Penn State University, reported that Saphyr detected 100% of all clinically relevant SVs and CNVs previously detected by standard of care methods and that Saphyr provided additional actionable data in 24% of the cases.

Karyotyping, which provides a whole genome analysis of single cells, has been the standard of care for AML patients for decades. This study demonstrated several advantages of OGM over karyotyping with no obvious deficiencies in performance. The authors reported that the performance of OGM surpassed even the performance of karyotyping combined with other tests, such as fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and chromosomal microarray, in a more refined and simplified workflow that was more cost effective than current methods.

Erik Holmlin, Ph.D., CEO of Bionano Genomics commented, “This study is our flagship study in the United States. The authors come from leading institutions across the country and belong to the groups that influence what technologies are included in medical guidelines. While their finding of 100% concordance with standard of care is an important benchmark, the finding of incremental diagnostic information above and beyond the standard of care is what makes Saphyr compelling as a potential new standard in testing leukemia patients. We believe the authors’ recommendation to make Saphyr a first-line test for the detection and identification of clinically relevant genomic variants in AML and other leukemias indicates that Saphyr is ready for broad clinical adoption. We further believe that this study and others published like it form the basis of an important dossier that shows the clinical utility and validity of Bionano optical genome mapping, which we will be able use in connection with assays developed through our Lineagen business to outline a potential path to reimbursement of laboratory developed tests that are performed on Saphyr.”

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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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