NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – BioNano Genomics today announced that it has signed distribution agreements with MDxK and Millennium Science for its Irys genome mapping system in the Asia-Pacific region.
Millennium Science is a Melbourne, Australia-based genomics technology distributor and will market the Irys system in Australia and New Zealand. MDxK is based in Seoul, South Korea and has already sold one Irys system to ChunLab, a next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics service provider.
ChunLab plans to use the platform to advance its bioinformatics service and enable finishing and scaffolding of complex genomes. The firm's CEO, Jongsik Chun, said that the lab plans to use the system for genome assembly.
"A complete genome is essential in understanding the biological relevance of organisms. However, due to the inherent limitations of next-generation sequencing such as GC bias and structural variation, de novo genome assembly is still a complex and time-consuming process," he said in the statement.
"The Asia-Pacific region is in the midst of significant growth in genomics research, which will demand integrated solutions to enable comprehensive exploration and comparison of genomes," Todd Dickinson, vice president of global commercial operations at BioNano Genomics, added in the statement.