Genomics England

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Genomics England

In 2014 the Wellcome Genome Campus was selected as the location for Genomics England's centralised sequencing facility.

Genomics England is a wholly owned company of the Department of Health. It 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. The project is focusing on patients with rare diseases, and their families, as well as patients with common cancers.

Genomics England 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

Genomics England was announced by Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, as part of the NHS 65th birthday celebrations on 5 July 2013. It is chaired by Sir John Chisholm, former chair of the Medical Research Council.

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