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Posted on the May 21, 2021 under Featured, News

The First Saphyr Optical Genome Mapping System in Africa

Saphyr Optical Genome Mapping System

Indalo Bio with the local support of Whitehead Scientific deploys the first Bionano Saphyr System in Africa
CAPE TOWN | May 2021 | ANNOUNCEMENT – Indalo Bio Genetic Laboratories has pioneered a significant change in the way that cytogenetics and oncology samples are analyzed in Africa by deploying the first Bionano Saphyr system on the continent.

Bionano’s Optical Genome Mapping (OGM) technology shows 100% concordance to standard-of-care cytogenomics methods and allows for better resolution to give a more complete picture of complex aberrations. The Saphyr can detect all clinically relevant structural variants in patient samples, genome-wide, down to 1% allelic fraction. It also consolidates multiple assays (karyotyping, FISH, array CGH) into one, streamlined workflow.

For cancer thus far, next generation sequencing has provided good data for point mutations and small Inserts or Deletions. Now, by using cutting-edge OGM technology for copy number variations and structural variants leads to obtaining a more comprehensive picture of highly rearranged cancer genomes. Allowing for the detection of critical, complex and “camouflaged” structural variants, the Saphyr system facilitates a better understanding of cancer initiation and progression. It also paves the way for the identification of new structural variants to develop therapeutic strategies in Africa. Indalo Bio’s service into this technology is being supported locally by Whitehead Scientific, the official Bionano Genomics distributor in Southern Africa. Jointly, we look forward to advancing the adoption of the Saphyr system in the diagnostic and research sectors within this market.

About Indalo Bio

Indalo Bio is an advanced genetic laboratory situated in Cape Town, South Africa.  Servicing the entire country with bespoke Genetic Testing and the most streamlined processes to offer our patients and clients the rapid service they deserve.  At our company, we endorse continuous research to contribute towards sensitive and accurate solutions within the genomics field.

At Indalo Bio, we encourage young research scientists and technologist to expand and develop their skills within the laboratory. Our specialized team work together towards our vision; to bring advanced genetic services accessible to everyone on the African continent.  With collaborations in the tertiary educational and research institutions, we aim to contribute greatly towards future genomic discoveries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Indalo Bio Genetics Laboratory

About Whitehead Scientific

Whitehead Scientific is a leading provider of quality life science consumables and instrumentation. With over 30 years of experience, Whitehead Scientific is a well-established and full-service channel partner representing a range of leading international brands to laboratories. We serve a broad range of customers in the research, diagnostic and manufacturing sectors throughout Southern Africa.

As a company, we are both dedicated and passionate about the brands we represent. Our scientifically qualified, efficient and highly motivated team aims to find the best solution to customer needs, both in terms of products, technical information and pricing. Underpinned by efficient and approachable administration and logistic operations. Whitehead Scientific is dedicated to ensuring an advanced level of product quality, technical support, along with expertise and attention to customer service.

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About Bionano Genomics

Bionano is a genome analysis company providing tools and services based on its Saphyr system to scientists and clinicians conducting genetic research and patient testing, and providing diagnostic testing for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities through its Lineagen business. Bionano’s Saphyr system is a research use only platform for ultra-sensitive and ultra-specific structural variation detection that enables researchers and clinicians to accelerate the search for new diagnostics and therapeutic targets and to streamline the study of changes in chromosomes, which is known as cytogenetics. The Saphyr system is comprised of an instrument, chip consumables, reagents and a suite of data analysis tools. Bionano provides genome analysis services to provide access to data generated by the Saphyr system for researchers who prefer not to adopt the Saphyr system in their labs. Lineagen has been providing genetic testing services to families and their healthcare providers for over nine years and has performed over 65,000 tests for those with neurodevelopmental concerns. For more information, visit or

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