Genomics in Healthcare

Thursday, October 25th 2018

Department of Chemistry

18:00 – 21:00 (GMT)

Department of Chemistry

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The last two decades have witnessed a dramatic revolution in gene sequencing. Advancing technologies at a lower cost has enabled large consortiums to decipher tens of thousands of human genomes. Such efforts, when coordinated with meticulous patient metadata collection, can provide invaluable information on the underlying genomic traits of a disease. The UK is at the forefront of such pioneering efforts, with the NHS and Genomics England collaborating open-handedly with academic institutes and industrial partners to advance the translation of genomics to healthcare.

On the 25th October, join the Innovation Forum for our event “Genomics in Healthcare”, where we will host a panel of industry experts who will discuss the promises that large genomic biobanks hold and the potential ethical hurdles encountered in the collection and processing of patient data.

Food and drinks are provided during the networking session.


18:00 - 18:20


18:20 - 20:00

Talks and Panel Discussion

20:00 - 20:30

Networking Session


Dr Lench has over 25 years’ research experience in human molecular genetics, and was a co-Founder of Congenica in 2013.

Nick was previously Director of the NE Thames Regional Genetics Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, with responsibility for the strategic and operational management of a genetics service that provides DNA diagnostic testing to a population of approximately 4.5M people.

Nick is an author of over 125 peer-reviewed publications (original research papers, reviews and book chapters) including Nature, Nature Genetics and the Lancet and named inventor on 4 novel patents. He is an honorary Reader at the UCL Institute of Child Health.

Professor Joanne Hackett is the Chief Commercial Officer at Genomics England and lead member of the Business and Investment Committee.

As CCO, Joanne is responsible for Genomics England’s industry engagement strategy by developing, managing and accelerating relationships with commercial organisations − creating opportunities for collaboration both nationally and globally.

Joanne is a clinical academic with a formidable track record of entrepreneurial success, as she translates academic research into medical and commercial returns.

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