OpGen’s Whole Genome Mapping technology, formerly “Optical” Mapping technology, provides innovative tools for genomic sequence assembly and finishing, microbial strain comparison and species characterization. Our mission is to positively influence individual healthcare outcomes, advance scientific research, and enhance public health by delivering precise, actionable information and results to customers in the life science and healthcare communities. Our customers are focused on DNA sequencing, epidemiology, outbreak identification, microbial forensics, biodefense and pharmaceutical discovery.
OpGen Incorporated is a privately held, whole-genome analysis company headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The company was founded in January 2002 by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), with the objectives of developing and commercializing products and services based on proprietary Whole Genome Mapping technologies for high-precision microbial analysis markets.
The Argus® Whole Genome Mapping System was launched in 2010 and is in use today for the automated assembly and analysis of genomes at the world’s most prestigious sequencing centers.
The company’s corporate offices and commercial MapIt® laboratory are located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Our Journey Forward
OpGen’s powerful technology dramatically improves the quality of data and time-to-results by providing sequence information from single molecules of DNA many times faster and less expensively than previously possible. Applications for assembling large genomes such as those of humans, plants and animals were introduced in the second half of 2011. Improved DNA sequencing bioinformatics workflows and databases are also under development. We expect these products to enable the creation of a high-value DNA sequence analysis diagnostics business.