The Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Genomics England recently announced reaching the 50,000 whole human genome sequences landmark within the 100,000 Genomes Project.
It is a milestone that sets the UK on track to fully realise the potential of genomic medicine, deliver better care for patients and establish the UK as the global ‘go to’ destination in the fast emerging genomics sector.
Genomics England was established in 2013 as a wholly owned company of the Department of Health and Social Care by the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt. It is tasked with the delivery of the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project, which is sequencing 100,000 genomes from 70,000 people, focused on patients with rare diseases, their families, and patients with cancer.
In stimulating genomic research and discovery, Genomics England aims to improve patient care and establish the UK as the centre of the global genomics industry.
Achieving the 50,000 genomes landmark has only been made possible through the generous participation of tens of thousands of patients and their families – taking part in a Project at the edge of known science. Staff in NHS Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs), as well as those in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have worked tirelessly to not only deliver the Project, but in many cases, also pioneered totally new systems, processes and procedures to ensure that genomic medicine can become part of routine NHS care.