With the CE marking in hand, the Swiss bioinformatics startup has launched GenomSys Variant Analyzer, which follows the MPEG-G genomic data compression standard.
The multiyear collaboration agreement brings together two of the corporate champions of the MPEG-G genomic data representation and compression standard.
GenomSys has unveiled GenomYou, an app that supports analysis of genomic data on mobile devices. The app, introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, allows individuals to save genomic data and reports from genomic tests and to order analyses from their phones. Where allowed by law, users can run the analyses themselves on their phones. GenomYou also lets people connect to genomic labs and telecounselors.
The Swiss bioinformatics startup said that the MPEG-G compression standard can shrink whole-genome files to less than 25 percent the size of legacy formats.
Swiss bioinformatics firm GenomSys has named Luca Trotta as chief scientific officer. He will lead the scientific team at the company's newly opened branch in Lugano. Trotta specializes in clinical interpretation of genomic variation and the implementation of genomic analysis workflows, particularly in whole-exome sequencing. He was previously the genetic sciences division manager at Swiss firm 4Bases, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, he was a visiting scientist and research at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland. He also previously conducted research in the Molecular Genetic Unit of the Policlinico Hospital in Milan.
GenomSys has hired longtime digital health consultant Alessio Ascari as CEO. Ascari joins the Lausanne, Switzerland-based bioinformatics startup after running his own consultancy as well as leading a digital therapeutics startup that helps patients manage blood pressure. He is a former leader of McKinsey's global mobile health initiative.
Working with MPEG-G booster GenomSys, SysMeta IT will integrate the new data compression specification into its Tangerine Medical platform to support clinicians.
Accredited by the same group behind MP3 audio, the new genomics standard promises more efficient data handling, but fans of GA4GH file formats are pushing back.
The Swiss startup plans to use the funding to support the development of genomic analysis software based on the new MPEG-G compression standard.