BioNanomatrix has changed its name to BioNano Genomics, the company said this week.

Through the name change, the firm wants to communicate "its position as a solution provider for genomics researchers."

The company, originally based in Philadelphia but now headquartered in San Diego, has been developing a nanochannel platform, called NanoAnalyzer, to visualize single molecules of DNA. Its first applications are expected to be in de novo genome assembly and in structural variation analysis.

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