Genomics England announces successful companies in Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) for a share of £8 million

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Genomics England today (11 March 2015) announced the successful companies in its Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Phase Two assessment of Enabling Technologies for Genomics Sequence Data Analysis and Interpretation.  £8 million is being made available for the product development stage of the competition with the companies adopting a programme of 12 to 24 months each.

This competition seeks development of technological innovations that will enhance genomic sequence data analysis capabilities.

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Genomics England partners with the UK’s largest biosample facility

Genomics England has announced today a partnership with the NIHR National Biosample Centre, opened in January by the Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman. The £24 million state-of-the-art facility will store the samples of rare disease and cancer patients taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The Milton Keynes-based Centre, which is the largest biosample facility in the UK, was opened to help increase national capacity and capability to develop research.

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NHS Genomic Medicine Centres announced for 100,000 Genomes Project

NHS England has announced eleven Genomic Medicine Centres that will lead the way in delivering the 100,000 Genomes Project. This marks the start of the main phase of the Project in 2015.

It is anticipated that there will be over 75,000 participants, which will include some patients with life threatening and debilitating disease. The GMCs will begin recruitment to the project from 2nd February 2015.

After samples are collected, they will be sent securely to Illumina,

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Genomics England calls on the UK research community

Genomics England is today inviting applications to join our new Clinical Interpretation Partnership from UK researchers, NHS Clinicians and those in training where they will work on the unique data resource from the 100,000 Genomes Project.  The goal of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership (GeCIP) is to bring together the best researchers in the UK alongside their key international collaborators to ensure we maximise the potential of gaining new biological insights into rare inherited diseases,

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Genomics England publishes results of its annotation assessment

Genomics England, the company leading the UK’s 100,000 Genomes Project, has released details of those companies that distinguished themselves in its annotation assessment exercise. Genomics England is committed to kick-starting the development of a UK genomics industry and this assessment exercise is part of that aim, as well as to evaluate and select potential service providers for the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Genomics England sent an Annotation Assessment Questionnaire to twenty eight participants together with the BAM and Variant Call Format files in respect of ten cancer/normal samples and fifteen rare disease trio samples in February 2014.

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UK to become world number one in DNA testing with plan to revolutionise fight against cancer and rare diseases

The UK is set to become the world leader in ground-breaking genetic research into cancer and rare diseases, which will transform how diseases are diagnosed and treated, thanks to a package of investment worth more than £300million, the Prime Minister will announce today.

The four year project will allow scientists to do pioneering new research to decode 100,000 human genomes – a patient’s personal DNA code. The landmark project is on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world and is part of the Prime Minister’s commitment to ensure the NHS as well as the UK’s research and life science sector is at the forefront of global advances in modern medicine.

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Software innovators being invited to bid for share of £10 million fund

Businesses are being offered a share of £10 million to develop cutting edge technology to analyse and better interpret significant variations in the DNA of NHS patients with serious illnesses.

The Department of Health and Genomics England are inviting innovators to develop high-tech software products that will support its goal to sequence and better understand genomes for NHS patients with cancer and rare inherited diseases.

Developments in computer software could improve the reports to NHS doctors and the feedback they give to patients of what whole genome sequencing has found,

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Genomics England launched, mapping DNA to better understand cancer, rare and infectious diseases

Jeremy Hunt MP

The government’s major drive to introduce high-tech DNA mapping for patients will start by tackling cancer, rare diseases and infectious diseases, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today, the NHS’ 65th birthday, alongside plans to make the NHS a personal service for every patient.

In December Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the personal DNA code – known as a genome – of up to 100,000 patients or infections in patients will be sequenced over the next five years.

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