Bionano Announces CFO Transition and Appointment of Gülsen Kama as Chief Financial Officer

Aug 14, 2023

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO) today announced that Gülsen Kama will serve as its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective September 11, 2023. Christopher Stewart, who held the position of CFO since September 2020, will stay on during the transition and then move into an advisory role.

Ms. Kama has an extensive background in business planning and execution, especially in operating environments that demand rigorous management of expenses to enable profitable growth. She was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Northern Data AG, where she created and implemented a global finance organization to enable strong growth. Prior to Northern Data AG, Ms. Kama was Chief Financial Officer, East Region and Healthcare IT at Quest Diagnostics, Quest’s largest region, where she drove market expansion and operational efficiencies. Before Quest, Ms. Kama established an impressive track record of transformative and growth-oriented leadership across a diverse range of multibillion-dollar organizations, including FedEx, United Airlines, A&P, and AIG, where she held senior leadership roles in strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, capital planning and corporate strategy.

“I am pleased to welcome Gülsen to Bionano. We believe the combination of her track record managing financial strategy at global businesses, including Quest Diagnostics and United Airlines, combined with her experience helping scale startup Northern Data, make her well-suited to help Bionano continue transforming cytogenetics into a streamlined workflow in healthcare while charting a course toward profitability. Gülsen has decades of capital management experience at complex companies, where she helped improve efficiency and implemented cost controls, resulting in higher returns to shareholders. All of us on the senior leadership team are really looking forward to partnering with Gülsen as she helps propel us to reach new heights. We also extend our gratitude to Chris Stewart for his leadership in helping us transition out of the pandemic and build our growing business,” commented Erik Holmlin, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Bionano.

About Bionano

Bionano is a provider of genome analysis solutions that can enable researchers and clinicians to reveal answers to challenging questions in biology and medicine. The Company’s mission is to transform the way the world sees the genome through OGM solutions, diagnostic services and software. The Company offers OGM solutions for applications across basic, translational and clinical research. Through its Lineagen, Inc. d/b/a Bionano Laboratories business, the Company also provides diagnostic testing for patients with clinical presentations consistent with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. The Company also offers an industry-leading, platform-agnostic software solution, which integrates next-generation sequencing and microarray data designed to provide analysis, visualization, interpretation and reporting of copy number variants, single-nucleotide variants and absence of heterozygosity across the genome in one consolidated view. The Company additionally offers nucleic acid extraction and purification solutions using proprietary isotachophoresis (ITP) technology. For more information, visit, or

Bionano’s OGM products are for research use only and not for use in diagnostic procedures.

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

Investor Relations:
David Holmes
Gilmartin Group
+1 (858) 888-7625

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