Genomics England welcomes the UK Life Sciences Sector Deal

In response to yesterday’s Life Sciences Sector Deal announcement from the UK government, Sir John Chisholm, Executive Chair of Genomics England said:

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“I warmly welcome the UK Life Sciences Sector Deal announced on 6 December – and congratulate Sir John Bell and all of those who have created a transformative roadmap for Life Sciences in the UK.

From the outset,

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Genomics England welcomes the appointment of new UK government chief scientific adviser

The Cabinet Office has announced this week the appointment of Dr Patrick Vallance as the new government Chief Scientific Adviser. Dr Vallance, who is currently President of Research and Development at GlaxoSmithKline, will take up the post in Spring 2018.

Sir John Chisholm, Executive Chair at Genomics England welcomes the appointment:

I am delighted at Patrick Vallance’s appointment as the new Government Chief Scientific Adviser. Patrick is one of science and technology’s strongest and most passionate advocates – built on deep experience of academia and industry.

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Genomics England Responds to Report from Life Sciences Sector

In response to a report by Sir John Bell to the UK government, Sir John Chisholm, Executive Chair of Genomics England said:

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See the full report here.

“Genomics England welcomes Sir John Bell’s report to government from the life sciences sector – recognising as it does the critical role that genomics will play in the future health, well-being and economic prosperity of this country. Read more >

The National Initiatives Meeting – genomics around the globe

Three years after the launch of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and six months after the first GA4GH-hosted convention of national genomics initiatives, Kathryn North (Australian Genomics) and Genomics England’s Chief Scientist, Professor Mark Caulfield recently convened representatives from 13 National Initiatives in genomic data collection to discuss areas of potential collaboration at the Wellcome Trust in London.

The goal of the meeting was to identify potential areas of collaboration,

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Joanne Hackett joins Genomics England as new Commercial Director

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Joanne Hackett joins Genomics England on 18 April 2017 as its new Commercial Director and lead member of the company’s new Commercial Business Committee.

As Commercial Director, Joanne will develop the next phase of Genomics England’s industry engagement strategy by developing, managing and accelerating relationships with commercial organisations − creating opportunities for collaboration both nationally and globally.

Joanne brings a formidable track record of clinical, academic and entrepreneurial success.

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The 100,000 Genomes Project Update

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By Sir John Chisholm, Executive Chairman, Genomics England.

As many NHS Genomic Medicine Centres are gearing up to organise local activities to mark Rare Disease Day next week (28th February), the 100,000 Genomes Project is making great progress.  All thirteen NHS Genomic Medicine Centres are recruiting rare disease and cancer patients to the Project, and initiatives in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have agreed to join us in this world leading programme.

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Intellia Therapeutics joins the GENE Consortium

Today (12 January 2017), Intellia Therapeutics has joined the Genomics England Genomics Expert Network for Enterprises (GENE) Consortium, as the first dedicated genome editing company to participate in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The GENE Consortium, established in March 2015, is the 100,000 Genomes Project’s industry partnership.  Intellia will join 12 other companies who are working together in a pre-competitive trial. The collaboration aims to identify the most effective and secure way of bringing industry expertise into the 100,000 Genomes Project to realise future potential benefits for patients affected by rare diseases or cancers. 

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UK Prime Minister Opens New Sequencing Centre

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Today (21st November) Genomics England, Illumina, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute hosted the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, at the opening of the Bridget Ogilvie Building on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge. This is where DNA sequencing for the 100,000 Genomes Project takes place.

It is also the site where the UK’s contribution to the original Human Genome Project took place over 15 years ago. The campus is now home to some of the world’s foremost institutes and organisations in genomics.

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Genomics plc Appointed as Analysis Partner for the GENE Consortium

Genomics plc, a leading analysis company developing an integrated platform to uncover the relationships between genetic variation and human disease, today announced that it has been appointed as Analysis Partner for the Genomics England Genomics Expert Network for Enterprises (GENE) Consortium. Genomics plc will be analysing genomes at an unprecedented scale and, together with the company’s existing knowledge base, be providing insights into human biology that will help to inform pharmaceutical R&D investment decisions.

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Reaction to the Caldicott Review

In September 2015, the Secretary of State for Health asked Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and carry out an intensive review into data sharing in health and social care. The review, published this week, recommends:

  • New data security standards.
  • A method for testing compliance against these standards.
  • A new consent or opt-out model for data sharing in relation to patient confidential data.

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Professor Ewan Birney appointed to the Genomics England Board

Genomics England is today (26/05/16) pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ewan Birney, Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and a Senior Scientist at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, to the Genomics England Board.

As a member of the Board, Professor Birney will play an important role in overseeing all of Genomics England’s activities, ratifying major decisions and setting the overall strategy for the organisation.

Genomics England was set up by the UK’s Department of Health to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project,

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Genomics England Enters Bioinformatics Partnership with Illumina

Genomics England and Illumina, Inc today announce a partnership to develop a platform and knowledge base that can be used to improve and automate genome interpretation. The tools will operate within the Genomics England secure database to enable researchers and clinicians to access information and reports more readily.

Genomics England is partnering with Illumina to develop and deliver systems for clinical interpretation, decision support and knowledge curation for the 100,000 Genomes Project.

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Latest from the 100,000 Genomes Project

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Across England patients with cancer are now being recruited to the main phase of the 100,000 Genomes Project, giving the fight against cancer a significant boost. Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman MP announced the news at the Festival of Genomics in London yesterday.

Speaking at the conference, the Minister also announced that the government has committed a further £250 million in funding for genomics as part of the recent Spending Review.

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New NHS centres join 100,000 Genomes Project

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Two new NHS Genomic Medicine Centres have today been unveiled as being part of the unique, innovative and world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project.

Yorkshire and the Humber and West of England are the latest NHS Genomic Medicine Centres to be added to the 11 centres already up and running. They are expected to start their work in February next year.

The 100,000 Genomes Project was announced by the Prime Minister in 2012 in a bid to transform diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases in the fast-emerging field of genomic medicine.

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Genomics England announces interpretation partners and expands industry engagement

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Genomics England has today (30th September 2015) announced that it has contracted with Congenica and Omicia to work with them on the interpretation of the genomes from 8,000 patients participating in the 100,000 Genomes Project.  Work with LockheedMartin-Cypher, Nanthealth and WuxiNextcode continues as part of a test phase.  This is in addition to ongoing work with sequencing partner Illumina who are also exploring a variety of bioinformatic challenges around sequencing and clinical interpretation.

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Clinicians, Researchers and Industry collaborate with the 100,000 Genomes Project

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  • First 10 companies come forward to create the GENE Consortium, to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients
  • Over 28 teams established from amongst the UK’s leading scientific researchers, to analyse the 100,000 genome dataset and identify new scientific and medical breakthroughs

Genomics England has today (26 March 2015) announced a new collaboration as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, to accelerate the development of new diagnostics and treatments for patients.

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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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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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Genomics England one of 2014’s 50 Smartest Companies

Genomics England has been recognised as one of 2014’s 50 Smartest Companies in MIT Technology Review’s annual list of the world’s most innovative technology companies.

The companies honoured are nominated by MIT Technology Review’s editors, who look for companies that have demonstrated original and valuable technology over the last year, are bringing that technology to market at significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors.

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