MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DNAnexus Inc., a pioneer in cloud-based genome informatics and data management, today announced that the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia is now using DNAnexus as the bioinformatics platform underlying many of its genomics-based research initiatives. The Institute will also utilize DNAnexus to support its push to offer commercial genome sequencing services.
When the Garvan Institute and its Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) obtained the means to conduct large-scale whole human genome sequencing recently, it came with a petabyte-sized caveat – a pressing need to manage, analyze, and secure massive quantities of data. Using the DNAnexus platform, the Institute is able to meet those needs without the time and capital expenditures of building out their local infrastructure. Activities on the DNAnexus platform range from high-speed, cost-efficient delivery of sequence data to streamlined collaborations involving complex genomics analyses carried out between Garvan and their worldwide research partners.
"With the help of the DNAnexus platform, we have deployed a service that capitalizes on lower costs of whole genome sequencing,” according to Marcel Dinger, head of KCCG. "We want to make that data available and actionable worldwide, whether in a research, commercial, or clinical setting."
KCCG now has the capability to sequence 150 whole human genomes every three days, which amounts to 18,000 sequences per annum.
"The Garvan Institute of Medical Research is now producing an unprecedented amount of bioinformatics data that they want to share with their worldwide customers and partners," according to Richard Daly, CEO of DNAnexus. "We are proud to support the expansion of Garvan's sequencing services, and help them manage and benefit from the flood of genomic data they now have at their disposal."
DNAnexus provides a global network for genomic data management to accelerate genomic medicine. The DNAnexus cloud-based platform is optimized to address the challenges of security, scalability, and collaboration, for organizations that are pursuing genomic-based approaches to health, in the clinic and in the research lab. The DNAnexus team is made up of experts in computational biology and cloud computing who work with organizations to tackle some of the most exciting opportunities in human health, making it easier—and in many cases feasible—to work with genomic data. With DNAnexus, organizations can stay a step ahead in leveraging genomics to achieve their goals. The future of human health is in genomics. DNAnexus brings it all together. For more information please visit: https://dnanexus.com or follow us on Twitter @dnanexus
About the Garvan Institute for Medical Research
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research was founded in 1963 and is now one of Australia’s largest medical research institutions with over 600 scientists, students and support staff. Garvan’s main research areas are: Cancer, Diabetes & Metabolism, Immunology and Inflammation, Osteoporosis and Bone Biology, and Neuroscience. Garvan’s mission is to make significant contributions to medical science that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. The outcome of Garvan’s discoveries is the development of better methods of diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately, prevention of disease.
In 2012, Garvan established Australia’s first purpose-built facility for undertaking large-scale research projects and clinical-grade genome sequencing. The Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics (KCCG) researchers undertake collaborative projects and genome-based studies to improve genome interpretation, with the ultimate aim of advancing the use of genomic information in patient care. KCCG is seeking accreditation that would ultimately allow clinicians to sequence genomes for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. For more information about KCCG, see http://www.garvan.org.au/research/clinical-genomics and follow us on Twitter @kinghorngenomes.