Genomics plc Becomes ‘Organizational Member’ of The Global Alliance For Genomics And Health

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Oxford, UK, 05 January 2017. Genomics plc is pleased to announce that it has recently become an ‘Organizational Member’ of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

The GA4GH was formed in 2013 to help accelerate the potential of genomic medicine to advance human health. Its stated mission is to accelerate progress in human health by helping to establish a common framework of harmonised approaches to enable effective and responsible sharing of genomic and clinical data, and by catalysing data sharing projects that drive and demonstrate the value of data sharing. Membership of GA4GH is currently drawn from over 450 leading institutions working in healthcare, research, disease advocacy, life science, and information technology. Professor Gil McVean, a director and founder of Genomics plc, has existing links with GA4GH through his role as Reference Genomes Team Co-chair and his membership of the Leadership Team of the Data Working Group

Genomics plc’s views on data sharing are very much aligned with the founding principles of the GA4GH. We believe that analysis across many, integrated, genotype-phenotype studies has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. In order to make such advances, it is crucial that the data arising from such studies are able to be used as widely as possible.

As an Organizational Member of the GA4GH, Genomics plc expects to use its own extensive expertise in the use of genomics data when participating in various Working Groups, projects, and meetings. Of particular interest will be current and future innovative efforts aimed at lowering the barriers to responsible, standardised data sharing across the entire research community.