KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--A functional genomics consortium of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, called GENRAC, is being formed by the Gene Research Access Corporation, under a grant from the US Department of Energy. The group will have between six and 20 members and rely on the R&D capabilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee here. Its objective is to enable companies to access and mobilize resources for gene function determination, which is getting more attention as the Human Genome Project nears completion.
Consortium members will participate in selecting defined R&D programs in functional genomics technologies and share knowledge and benefits from resulting intellectual property. Participants may also sponsor proprietary research for their own purposes.