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OGT Receives Phase II Funding for Software Development
Mar 24 2015
Oxford Gene Technology (OGT) has been awarded a £1.2m phase two Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Healthcare contract to develop Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis software, following the successful completion of phase one and an evaluation by Genomics England, UK Department of Health and Innovate UK.
The software will integrate a full spectrum of genetic tests, including NGS, Sanger sequencing, microarray and fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH). The SBRI contract is managed by Genomics England, to support the implementation of the 100,000 Genomes Project which aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients by 2017.
OGT was awarded £200k to develop the software in July 2014 during phase one of the initiative. The selection process for phase two involved an assessment of potential patient impact, technological step change and a route to commercialisation.
James Clough, Executive Vice President Commercial, OGT said: “The award of this £1.2m contract underlines OGT’s position as a leading developer of cutting-edge products for molecular genetics. OGT has customers in over 60 countries worldwide and will use its extensive sales and marketing infrastructure to successfully commercialise the resulting product.”
Professor Tim Hubbard, Head of Genome Analysis at Genomics England commented, “For widespread use of genome sequencing in routine health care the development of accurate and reliable interpretation software is critical. We are encouraged to see new and existing companies developing products and services in this space.”
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