LONDON and SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, Edico Genome and Genomics England announced a new partnership to strengthen the accuracy and consistency of next-generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis in Genomics England's Rare Disease Pilot.
The partnership will support Genomics England in making NGS the standard of care across the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) in 2018. Specifically, the partnership will focus on the analysis pipeline − improving alignment and variant calling of whole-genome sequencing data. Genomics England selected DRAGEN for its industry leading accuracy and speed, enabling the organization to accelerate analysis of large clinical genomic datasets.
"Working with Edico Genome, Genomics England moves one step closer to reaching genomic medicine's full potential and improving the efficiency of whole-genome analysis to help diagnose rare diseases," said Joanne Hackett, chief commercial officer at Genomics England. "This partnership demonstrates our commitment to harnessing the most innovative technologies in the world to maximize patient benefit."
Genomics England is currently using DRAGEN to re-process 5,000 whole human genomes from individuals with rare diseases. These genomes were originally mapped and aligned on reference genome GRCh37, but an updated human reference genome has since been released, GRCh38, which offers increased accuracy and consistency of results. These re-processed datasets will be provided to pharma and industry partners for additional analysis through the Discovery Forum, a platform for collaboration and engagement between Genomics England, industry partners, academia, the NHS and the wider U.K. genomics landscape. In conjunction with the announcement, Edico Genome has joined Discovery Forum.
"Genomics England is truly paving the way for the widespread integration of whole-genome sequencing on a population scale, bringing the future of personalized medicine into the now for individuals across the U.K.," said Pieter van Rooyen, Ph.D., president and CEO at Edico Genome. "Our bioinformatics and engineering teams are committed to pushing the envelope in terms of accuracy, sensitivity, speeds and scalability to ensure the highest level of personalized care can be delivered in a timely, cost effective and economical manner. We are honored to be able to assist in such an important undertaking – helping diagnose rare diseases -- and look forward to bringing further optimizations and new pipelines to customers in 2018."
By leveraging field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), DRAGEN provides outputs almost instantaneously and processes clinical grade genomic data at record-breaking speeds. To ensure precise results, all DRAGEN pipelines feature validated algorithms for enhanced accuracy. DRAGEN can be implemented onsite, in the Cloud or through a blended hybrid-cloud solution.
About Genomics England
Genomics England is a company owned by the Department of Health and was set up to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project. This flagship project will sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients and their families.
Genomics England has four main aims:
- to bring benefit to patients
- to create an ethical and transparent programme based on consent
- to enable new scientific discovery and medical insights
- to kickstart the development of a UK genomics industry
The project is focusing on patients with rare diseases, and their families, as well as patients with common cancers.
About Edico Genome
Edico Genome is the leading secondary analysis solution provider for next-generation sequencing, delivering its powerful DRAGEN Bio-IT platform to clinical, research and genome centers around the globe. Leveraging field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology, DRAGEN delivers best-in-class accuracy, speeds, scalability and costs, enabling customers of all sizes to focus on what matters most – delivering breakthrough results. The comprehensive set of DRAGEN pipelines can be run onsite, in the Cloud or through a seamless hybrid cloud blend, allowing organizations to scale as their throughput fluctuates. Edico Genome has set two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM titles for its speed, and received top marks for its accuracy in the recent PrecisionFDA Challenge. For more information about DRAGEN, visit www.edicogenome.com.
SOURCE Edico Genome