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Sidra Medical and Research Center to House Genomics Center

July 25, 2014

Sidra Medical and Research Center will house the High-Throughput Genomics Center.

In a release, the Company noted the facility will provide Qatar and the region access to the latest technology to help advance genetic mapping projects. The facility's early phase of development is the creation of the Arab consensus genome.

Sidra, Illumina Inc. and Alliance Global, Illumina's partner in the Middle East, will work together to implement next-generation sequencing technologies at Sidra's new High-Throughput Genomics Center, set to ramp up operations over the next year.

"Implementing genomic medicine in and around Qatar requires an Arab reference genome set that will provide an in-depth knowledge of genetic variations in the population group. The new level of sequence-based knowledge of genetic variation will allow us to implement genomic medicine systematically and on a large scale. This will help Sidra to lead the way in personalizing medical treatment and delivering the highest level of care to women and children. What we are trying to achieve is a forward looking research and healthcare model that will also benefit future generations," said Sidra's Chief Research Officer Francesco Marincola.

"Many of the 3,500 or so genetic diseases are known to manifest symptoms within the first month of a child's life and targeted tests will enable biomedical markers to be identified earlier. For example, testing women for the BRCA gene mutation, which is linked to a higher risk of developing breast cancer, can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, increasing the chances of survival."

"We are very excited to be part of this landmark initiative in Qatar. Sidra's High-Throughput Genomics Center, powered by Illumina sequencing technology, has the opportunity to become a genomics center of excellence in the Middle East. Our technology will help drive a sequencing program on a national population scale with the goal of creating actionable information to improve the human condition," said Rick Klausner, Chief Medical Officer of Illumina.

Illumina is a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of life science tools and integrated systems.

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