Bionano Genomics Announces Publication of Prospective Study Demonstrating Performance Improvements from OGM in the Analysis of AML and MDS Compared to Traditional Methods

Feb 22, 2022

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (BNGO), pioneer of optical genome mapping (OGM) solutions on the Saphyr® system and provider of NxClinical™, the leading software solution for visualization, interpretation and reporting of genomic data, today announced the publication of a peer-reviewed, prospective study comparing OGM to traditional methods and demonstrating improved sensitivity and lower cost of OGM in the analysis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) compared to karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). This research provides scientific and practical support for the use of OGM workflows as a potential alternative to karyotype and FISH testing for certain hematologic malignancies, while also identifying novel structural variants (SVs) that can impact disease stratification or serve as therapeutic targets.

In the study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, 27 samples from subjects with AML or MDS underwent routine cytogenetic diagnostics (karyotype, FISH and RT-PCR when indicated), as well as OGM. The authors describe how OGM detected 31% more European Leukemia Net (ELN) and recurrent myeloid abnormalities compared to karyotyping and FISH. OGM also found abnormalities in 35% more cases than karyotyping and FISH, and in 67% of samples, the karyotype could be redefined by OGM. OGM refinement of the karyotype results resulted in putative changes the ELN risk classifications. These classifications are typically used as part of the process of determining treatment plans.

The authors also found the cost-efficiency of using a single OGM analysis, with OGM cost comparable to two FISH probes.

“We believe this research demonstrates the usability of OGM for analysis of AML and MDS. Based on OGM’s performance observed in this study, we believe that OGM can be used in routine cytogenetic diagnostics and has the potential to provide improved clinical diagnosis for hematologic malignancies, which we would expect to establish in more research," commented authors Wanda Gerding, PhD and Professor Huu Phuc Nguyen from the University of Bochum, Germany.

Erik Holmlin, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Bionano commented, “Results from this peer-reviewed research study demonstrate some key benefits of OGM for accurately identifying clinically relevant and actionable SVs related to hematologic malignancies. Studies to date have consistently shown that OGM has superior sensitivity for detecting SVs and can be run at lower costs compared to existing workflows, which rely on multiple different technologies.”

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About Bionano Genomics

Bionano Genomics 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 business, the Company also provides diagnostic testing for patients with clinical presentations consistent with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Through its BioDiscovery business, 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. For more information, visit or

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