Hitachi Solutions has expanded its agreement with OpGen Inc. to offer MapIt® Optical Mapping Services to its US customer base. Hitachi Solutions has already launched the MapIt service in Japan and this move shows increased confidence in OpGen’s Optical Mapping technology.
Optical Mapping is a novel and de novo process that generates whole genome, ordered, restriction maps with no requirement for previous sequence information & provides a comprehensive view of genomic architecture.
Optical Mapping applications include:
- Strain Typing
- Comparative Genomics
- Whole-genome Sequence Assembly
“We are very excited to bring this new technology to our customers. We feel Optical Mapping offers great value, in terms of time and money saved in its key application areas, along with increased accuracy of results.” said Robert Lynde, Deputy Director, MiraiBio Group of Hitachi Solutions America.
Optical Mapping is currently limited to smaller bacterial, yeast and fungi genomes however OpGen is rolling out large genome support later in 2011.