Beginning only ten years after the sequence of the first complete human genome was published, this new research collaboration will include one of the largest
During the initial five-year collaboration term, Geisinger plans to collect samples from more than 100,000 consented patient volunteers, while Regeneron, through its wholly-owned subsidiary,
"For Geisinger, this relationship is about the potential to improve individualized patient care," commented
"Genetics has been at the core of our research efforts at Regeneron since its early days," said
The collaboration will benefit from Geisinger's state of the art sample collection and storage capabilities, the MyCode™ biorepository, and extensive electronic medical records. Regeneron has built a team and an infrastructure to support sequencing and genotyping over the term of the collaboration. Regeneron intends to use its translational research and functional biology capabilities, including its VelociGene® technology, to validate observed human genetic associations.
"We are pleased to be embarking on this next generation human genetic sequencing project with Geisinger, a renowned integrated health care delivery system known for its innovation," said
"Research is a core part of Geisinger's mission, and there is no more important medical research being done today than in genomics," added
About The Regeneron-Geisinger Genetic Research Collaboration Next-generation DNA sequencing technology is enabling genetic research on a larger scale than ever before. The Regeneron-Geisinger Genomics Sequencing Study is designed to leverage de-identified, clinical information and molecular data for medically relevant associations in a blinded fashion that preserves patients' privacy. The intent of the collaboration is to build a high-throughput platform for discovering and validating genetic factors that cause or influence a range of diseases where there are major unmet medical needs. For Regeneron, this collaboration is the first step in a planned expansion in the use of human genetics in the research process. For Geisinger, this collaboration is meant to further its ongoing mission to improve population health and individualized care through clinical innovation and cutting edge, world-class research.
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