BOSTON, Aug. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Genuity Science, a U.S.-headquartered contract genomics and data-sourcing, -analytics and -insights organization, today announces an agreement with Nashville Biosciences, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), who leverage one of the world’s largest and highest quality clinico-genomic repositories to advance life science R&D. The strategic collaboration will enable target and biomarker discovery, validation and drug development, as a part of Genuity Science’s prioritized disease research, in partnership with biopharma.
Nashville Biosciences was created to facilitate commercial R&D uses of VUMC’s comprehensive and growing BioVU® biorepository, such as this agreement with Genuity Science. BioVU® is comprised of ~250,000 banked DNA samples linked to de-identified medical records with more than 10 years of longitudinal clinical data. This combination aligns well with Genuity Science’s strategy of combining robust Whole Genome Sequence data with deep clinical phenotypic data, which offers the opportunity for unparalleled scientific insights for therapeutic advancement. Genuity Science will process the biosamples and de-identified clinical data through its Dublin-based facility and, in turn, sequence and harmonize the data to expand its existing clinical ‘omics database for secure, controlled access by partners in the biopharma industry.
Leeland Ekstrom, PhD, COO of Nashville Biosciences commented, “The collaboration with Genuity Science allows us to maximize the impact of our biorepository to support research and accelerate drug discovery and development. We were impressed by how well aligned our two organizations are in both scientific approach and rigor applied to data security and compliance. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Genuity spanning multiple disease areas.”
Anne Jones, PhD, COO of Genuity Science said, “Adding the bioresources and clinical data from Nashville Biosciences to Genuity Science’s own clinical ‘omics database will help create some of the largest disease datasets in the world. The potential for drug discovery and development from these datasets combined with our existing, more homogenous Irish dataset is truly unmatched. We are very proud to partner with this well-regarded research institution.”