Genomics England selects Cognizant as a technology partner


Chennai: Cognizant today announced that Genomics England, a wholly owned company of the Department of Health, has selected Cognizant as a technology partner to help design and implement the IT operating environment for the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The 100,000 Genomes Project aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients and their families, of which around 70,000 are participants with certain types of cancer or rare diseases. The project aims to enable new scientific discovery, medical insights and diagnostics. When completed, the NHS will be able to offer genomic medicine and personalised treatments to patients with conditions that are currently hard to treat.

As part of a two-year agreement, Cognizant will help provide end-to-end systems integration and analytics services for the technology platform built by Genomics England. This will enable Genomics England to augment its capability and capacity to process samples and interpret findings. An improved technology backbone supported by advanced analytics will also help Genomics England optimise its business processes and simplify the management and analysis of clinical, laboratory and health data.

“Combining genomic sequence data with medical records is a ground-breaking initiative. Researchers will study how best to use genomics in healthcare and interpret the data to help patients,” said David Brown, Head of Informatics Infrastructure, Genomics England. “We selected Cognizant for its extensive life sciences capabilities, knowledge of research, management and analysis of clinical data sets, and experience in working with the UK public sector organisations.”

“Large-scale sequencing initiatives like the UK’s 100,000 Genomes Project require a flexible, secure operating platform to help drive innovation in new diagnostic and treatment options for patients and healthcare providers,” said Bhaskar Sambasivan, VP of Cognizant’s Life Sciences practice. “Our culture of investing in understanding our customers’ businesses, deep programme management expertise in the healthcare and life sciences industry, and robust system integration and business analytics capabilities enable us to deliver a broad range of solutions for Genomics England as it creates genome sequences and clinical data at an unprecedented scale.”

Genomics England is a company owned by the Department of Health and 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 by 2017.

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