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Bina Wins $1M VA Million Veteran Program Contract

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The US Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Bina Technologies a $1 million contract to conduct genomic analyses as part of the VA's Million Veteran Program, Bina said today.

Bina will perform whole-genome, whole-exome, and SNP chip DNA data analysis for the VA's program, which aims to enroll 1 million veterans during the next few years. The Redwood City, Calif.-based bioinformatics firm will provide the VA its scalable platform for genomic data analysis and management, including algorithms for variant calling, annotation, and analytics, it said. Bina expects to analyze up to 2,000 whole genomes, 20,000 whole exomes, and 220,000 SNP chip DNA datasets during the next 12 months as part of the VA program.

The Million Veteran Program was launched in 2011 to consolidate individual genetic information to determine associations between genetics and health and use that information to screen for, diagnose, and prognose diseases and develop personalized therapies.