Dr. Xing Yang, Vice President of System Development of BioNanoGenomics, and Dr. Erik Holmlin, President and CEO of BioNanoGenomics visited Shanghai Center for Bioinformation Technology and introduced their technology platform and the company's current situation on January 23rd, 2013. Prof. Yixue Li, Prof. Lei Liu, Dr. Lu Xie, Dr. Yuanyuan Li, Dr. Pei Hao and Dr. Xuan Li participated in the academic report.
Dr. Yang introduced their new genome mapping platform, Irys. Combining the latest in nanotech and biotech, the Irys System allows researchers to visualize the whole genome, capturing extremely long molecules at high resolution. With this big-picture context in hand, researchers can create genome maps to achieve more complete assemblies faster using a comprehensive view of the whole genome for de novo assembly and finishing; gain novel insight into structural variation that underlies phenotypic variation; unlock true genome biology with a range of applications that leverage single-molecule imaging that retains genomic architecture and context; avoid the hassle and bias of amplification or shearing and dissect complex mixtures at single-molecule level, rather than losing rare variants in an averaged measurement.
Dr. Xuan Li also introduced the sequencing platform of SCBIT to the two visitors and left a deep impression on them.
Dr. Yang and Dr. Holmlin hoped to seek cooperation with SCBIT, introduce the new genome mapping platform, Irys into China, and view the findings in a broader context.