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Genomics Plc, DNAnexus Partner on Population-Scale Data Analysis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – British bioinformatics firm Genomics plc said today that it is partnering with DNAnexus to develop software solutions that will help researchers combine and analyze large quantities of sequencing information.

Genomics develops proprietary methods for whole genome analysis and for variant calling and interpretation, while DNAnexus offers a cloud-based genomic data analysis and management platform. They plan to develop tools to help researchers optimize and improve their existing analytical workflows, and perform statistical analysis on large cohorts. They also aim to address challenges associated with identifying relationships between genes, health, and diseases caused by differences in the way samples are sequenced and analyzed.

"Combined analysis of these huge data sets will enable researchers to extract much more information from large scale studies," Genomics CEO John Colenutt said in a statement. "The longer term goal here is to unlock the potential for researchers to learn more about human biology ... leading to better diagnoses and more targeted therapies for patients." 

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.