OGT delivers translocation and partial tandem duplication detection

Monday 6 April 2020
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Oxford, UK – 07 April 2020. Oxford Gene Technology (OGT), A Sysmex Group Company, announces the addition of accurate detection capabilities for translocations and difficult-to-sequence partial tandem duplications (PTDs) in its popular myPanel™ customisable SureSeq™ NGS panels. This latest update is, for example, beneficial to researchers investigating myeloid disorders like chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) and acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), now enabled with BCR-ABL fusion gene and KMT2A-PTD detection.

OGT already offers researchers the rapid and reliable detection of a complete set of genetic aberrations, including single nucleotide variations (SNVs), insertions/ deletions (indels), internal tandem duplications (ITD), copy number variations (CNVs), and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) — even at low-frequencies.

Until now, a lack of sensitive and reliable NGS solutions has meant that researchers often needed to employ multiple methods to accurately characterise structural aberrations in their samples. To address this, OGT recently added somatic CNV detection to their NGS portfolio, with the launch of their SureSeq CLL + CNV Panel. Responding to latest research findings, OGT has leveraged its long heritage and expertise in hybridisation, design capability and bioinformatics to enable PTD and translocation detection in a single, reliable assay.

The expanded content enables OGT SureSeq myPanel™ custom panels to be customised to include the BCR-ABL gene fusion, resulting from a translocation of chromosome 9 and 22 generating the Philadelphia chromosome — the hallmark of chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). Importantly, in addition to detecting this translocation, OGT’s complimentary and easy-to-use Interpret software can detect translocation events anywhere in the genome. Thanks to OGT’s renowned bioinformatics expertise, the software is able to agnostically screen for split-reads, reporting translocation partners in any genomic location.

In addition, building on OGT’s already excellent coverage uniformity of other difficult-to-sequence genes such as CEBPA, and genes with challenging ITDs—for example FLT3—PTDs in AML can now also be detected, including those in the KMT2A (MLL) gene. Researchers can choose to customise content and include KMT2A-PTD detection to make their SureSeq panels more all-encompassing.

These new content and detection capabilities represent a substantial advancement for researchers, as Emma Shipstone, Executive VP Marketing at OGT, highlights: “We’re excited to bring the expanded customisable SureSeq™ content and Interpret NGS analysis software capabilities to market—helping researchers get to the information they need in the quickest, most reliable way possible. OGT has a long heritage of excellence in hybridisation-based solutions that encompasses our unrivalled NGS design capabilities and bioinformatics expertise. This enables us to provide confident solutions for hard-to-sequence regions, delivering unparalleled coverage uniformity and pushing the boundaries of NGS panels and analysis software to answer the call for comprehensive sequencing solutions. NGS is a key future technology for OGT as part of the Sysmex Group. We are committed to continuing to meet and exceed the needs of researchers, now and in the future; there are exciting possibilities and development plans in the pipeline.”

OGT’s SureSeq NGS portfolio delivers comprehensive sequencing solutions, from wet-lab to computational, including library preparation kits, customisable panels and complimentary Interpret NGS Analysis software. The company’s exceptional coverage uniformity, trusted data analysis software and renowned customer support enable researchers to simplify workflows with reliable, tailored panels that accurately detect all relevant genomic aberrations in a single, comprehensive assay.


For further information, please contact:

Oxford Gene Technology, Begbroke Science Park, Begbroke Hill, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxfordshire, OX5 1PF, U.K.

T: +44 (0) 1865 856826 ; F: +44 (0) 1865 848684

E: contact@ogt.com ; W: www.ogt.com ; Twitter: @OxfordGeneTech


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About Oxford Gene Technology

Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) provides world-class genetics research solutions to leading clinical and academic research institutions. Founded by Professor Sir Edwin Southern, and with customers in over 60 countries worldwide, OGT has a strong reputation and increasing share in the large and growing genomic medicine market. The Company’s Cytocell®, CytoSure™ and SureSeq™ range of fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), microarray and next generation sequencing (NGS) products deliver high-quality genetic analysis, enabling accurate identification and confirmation of the causative variation underlying genetic disease. OGT was acquired by Sysmex Corporation (Sysmex), a Japanese in vitrodiagnostic company in June 2017. The acquisition of OGT expands Sysmex’s life science business and reinforces its initiatives towards personalised medicine.

For more information on the Company, please visit our website at www.ogt.com

CytoSure™, SureSeq™ and myProbes®: For Research Use Only, not for use in diagnostic procedures. Cytocell: Some products may not be available in your region.


About Sysmex Corporation

Sysmex Corporation is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including laboratory diagnostics, laboratory automation and clinical information systems. Serving customers for more than 50 years, Sysmex focuses on technological leadership in diagnostic science and information tools that make a difference in the health of people worldwide. The company is also exploring emerging opportunities in the life science field. Its R&D efforts focus on the development of high-value-added testing and diagnostic technologies that are innovative, original and optimize individual health. Sysmex also seeks to leverage its state-of-the-art technologies for cell, gene and protein analysis. The company, headquartered in Kobe, Japan, has subsidiaries in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China and Asia Pacific and employs more than 8,000 employees worldwide. Sysmex Corporation is listed in the top tier of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

For more information about Sysmex Corporation and its affiliate companies, please visit www.sysmex.co.jp/en/