Israel has become the latest country to disclose plans to create a population-scale database of linked genetic and clinical records. The current plan is reminiscent of the United Kingdom's 100,000 Genomes Project, with Israel considering working with tech firms to create a database of patients with rare genetic diseases.
J. Craig Venter's Human Longevity Inc. (HLI) has struck a deal with the Cleveland Clinic to access blood samples. The initial focus of the deal is on the sequencing and analysis of samples in Cleveland Clinic's GeneBank.
GenomeDx Biosciences is making its pool of clinically annotated data on the genomics of urological cancers available to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
AstraZeneca is digging through the genomes of 80,000 people in search of genes linked to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. The project is a collaboration with the Montreal Heart Institute, which will genotype 80,000 samples from AstraZeneca's biobank of blood and tissue samples.
Agilent Technologies has struck a deal to acquire Cartagenia. The buyout will give Agilent software to interpret clinical genomics data, an asset it plans to offer to its molecular oncology customers.
Edico Genome has hooked up with Intel in an attempt to shave more minutes off the time it takes to analyze a whole genome. The partnership brings together Edico's NGS analysis hardware and the Intel Xeon microprocessors that reside in many servers used in genomics.
Quest Diagnostics has teamed up with French human health research institute Inserm to pool and share BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic data. LabCorp has signed up as the first participant in the program, giving it a sizable reach from day one.
Bina Technologies has unveiled its first publicly known deal with a Big Pharma since it was bought by Roche. The agreement sees AstraZeneca tighten its ties to the genomic data analysis platform provider by becoming the first member of the Bina Alliance Program.
Eisai has added to its genomics capabilities. The latest move sees the Japanese drugmaker's nascent Integrated Human Genomics (IHGx) Research Unit team up with Genomics plc, an Oxford University spinout founded in response to the United Kingdom's 100,000 Genomes Project.
Researchers at the University of Michigan are trying to speed toward their goal of enrolling 20,000 people in a study by piggybacking onto Facebook's vast social network. And the genotypic and phenotypic data gathering project is off to a brisk start, with more than 2,000 people signing up in the days after its public launch.