Genomics England was set up to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project. The flagship project, sponsored by the Prime Minister David Cameron, aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients and their families by 2017.
Announced on 5 July 2013 by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt to celebrate the NHS’ 65th birthday Genomics England is a wholly owned company of the Department of Health and this programme was made possible by the National Institute for Health Research, NHS England, Public Health England and Health Education England.
Genomics England has four main aims:
- to bring benefit to patients
- to create an ethical and transparent programme based on consent
- to enable new scientific discovery and medical insights
- to kickstart the development of a UK genomics industry
The project is focusing on patients with rare diseases, and their families, as well as patients with common cancers.
You can find information and updates on the genomics programme by visiting the Genomics England website here.
One of the most useful pieces of information included on the site is a comprehensive range of FAQs covering everything you could wish to know about genomics medicine and the 100,000 Genomes project. You can access them here.