SAN DIEGO, July 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO), today announced that it has launched the new Bionano PrepTM SP Tissue and Tumor Kit, a DNA isolation kit developed expressly for analysis of tumors and tissue with Bionano’s Saphyr system. The kit has been designed to simplify isolation of Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) DNA from a variety of solid tumors and tissue types. The new kit and protocol for the Saphyr system make the analysis of genomic rearrangements in cancer and model genomes that are of interest in pharmaceutical development simpler and more feasible than currently available methods. 

The new Bionano Prep SP Tissue and Tumor Kit allows for the consistent isolation of UHMW DNA in less than six hours from what is traditionally a difficult and highly complex sample type. Human and animal tissues and tumors vary widely and depending on the organ of origin, can contain high levels of fats or carbohydrates that can compromise the quality of the sequencing or optical mapping data. The new kit and related protocol enable consistent isolation of high quality UHMW DNA from as little as 5 mg of fresh or frozen tissue and tumor material, facilitating routine analyses from small amounts of starting material, such as those likely to be obtained from a needle aspirate. The new kit was successfully validated on a wide variety of tumors and tissues (bladder, lung, liver, kidney, colon, breast, prostate, brain, thyroid, ovary, testes and uterus).

DNA isolated with the kit is of unprecedented length, resulting in isolation of molecules up to megabase lengths. Genome imaging on the Saphyr system takes advantage of these extremely long molecules to detect all types of structural variants genome-wide in an unbiased fashion. In a single run, Saphyr can image enough molecules to span over 1,500x coverage of a human genome. This depth of coverage enables the detection of structural variants present in as little as 1% variant allele fraction. Altogether, the new kit for isolation of DNA from tissue and tumor, the high-throughput automated genome imaging on Saphyr, and the fully automated variant calling form a simplified, streamlined workflow for variant analysis from tissues and tumors.

Brandon LaBarge, MD, from the Penn State College of Medicine, who was part of the multisite early access to the new DNA isolation method, commented: “Earlier methods to purify long DNA involved agarose plugs and a tedious protocol with manual washing and digesting steps, taking up to three days to run four samples. These older methods provided inconsistent results, with several tumor samples failing altogether or generating limited throughput. With the new Bionano Prep SP Tissue and Tumor Kit, we were able to isolate ultra-high molecular weight DNA in less than six hours on six samples at a time, generating a consistent, high throughput on a variety of head and neck cancers.”

Mark Oldakowski, Bionano’s Chief Operating Officer commented: “With the launch of the Bionano Prep SP Tissue and Tumor Kit, we are bringing the speed, ease of use and DNA quality of our extremely popular SP kits to the most difficult and complex human sample types. By making the DNA isolation simpler, faster, and less expensive, we enable the routine analysis of solid tumors. Additionally, the new kit enables faster and streamlined processing of a variety of animal tissues, which we anticipate will greatly simplify the work of large consortia such as the Vertebrate Genome Project and work on model genome analysis for pharmaceutical research and development. Our next software release planned for later this summer is expected to make structural variant calling from non-human organisms more powerful and straightforward than before, and to maximize the benefit of our new DNA isolation kit.”

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. 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. For more information, visit www.bionanogenomics.com.

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