BioNano Genomics is now offering a V2 chip for its genome analysis platform, Irys, and it anticipates orders for the system will jump to 25 in 2014 from 10 in 2013, the company said at last week's JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

The company launched Irys, its nanochannel-based single-molecule DNA mapping platform last year, and the first version of its chip was geared toward mid-sized genomes such as the fruit fly, CEO Erik Holmlin said during a presentation.

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