Bionano Announces Publication Demonstrating Utility of OGM to Assess Genome Integrity of CRISPR-Edited Cells as Part of Gene Therapy Development

Nov 29, 2023
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SAN DIEGO, Nov. 29, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (Nasdaq: BNGO) today announced a publication demonstrating the use of optical genome mapping (OGM) to identify structural variations (SVs) introduced by CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing of CD4+ T-cells that could potentially limit the therapeutic use of such edited cells.

The research study authors used OGM in combination with drop-off digital PCR (ddPCR) to assess genome integrity of cells that were edited by CRISPR to restore gene function in Hyper IgM1 (HIGM1), an X-linked combined immunodeficiency caused by CD40LG mutations which can lead to liver disease, cancer and infections. The study authors describe that while ddPCR assays are suitable to characterize certain expected mutations, they may miss large SVs that are either outside the regions targeted by ddPCR primers or are too big to be detected by ddPCR.

The study authors first validated OGM’s performance at high coverage to capture unexpected gene editing events and found that it outperformed karyotyping’s resolution and sensitivity. OGM then revealed the presence of concameters missed by the ddPCR assay, indicating that 20-50% of the edited cells expressing the rescued gene did not undergo precise editing. In addition, OGM detected 11 nonrecurring SVs outside of the target locus, demonstrating its genome-wide ability to detect off-target events. The study authors concluded that using OGM early in the development of the gene therapy could enable researchers to reduce the number of ddPCR assays needed in the final product quality control panel.

“This study highlights how researchers can use OGM when developing cell and gene therapies. The expansion of gene therapy faces risks due to both on-target and off-target structural variations that may be introduced during CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing. Since genome aberrations caused by CRISPR-Cas9 editing could lead to unforeseen adverse effects, we believe careful and comprehensive analysis of edited genomes is important for quality control while developing these therapies and their manufacture," commented Erik Holmlin, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Bionano.

The paper is available at: https://www.embopress.org/doi/full/10.15252/embj.2023114188.

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 technology. For more information, visit www.bionano.com, www.bionanolaboratories.com or www.purigenbio.com

Unless specifically noted otherwise, 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
eholmlin@bionano.com

Investor Relations:
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Gilmartin Group
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