The story has been updated to clarify Shawn Levy's role at the institute.
NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology announced today that it has received a $100,000 grant from the Jane K Lowe Charitable Foundation to establish a clinical genomics program.
According to the institute, the program will be run in its genomic medicine clinic, which is set to open next month. HudsonAlpha noted that it has recently recruited five investigators specializing in genomic medicine and that it has established a fully accredited clinical sequencing laboratory that will provide clinically validated and interpreted genomic information to physicians.
The institute announced the creation of the HudsonAlpha Center for Personal Genomics in April. At the time HudsonAlpha said that the center would be headed by Shawn Levy. A spokesperson for the institute said today that Levy now is head of HudsonAlpha's Genomic Services Lab. The institute's Clinical Services Lab also recently received CLIA and CAP accreditation, she said.
Howard Jacob also joined the institute in the spring and is now head of the clinical genomics program at HudsonAlpha, the spokesperson said.
"From the beginning, the mission of HudsonAlpha's mission has been to utilize the power of genomics to help improve lives," Richard Myers, president and scientific director of the institute, said in a statement. "I can't think of a better way to do that than to use what we know about the genomic sequence to identify the causes of unknown diseases and help identify new therapies for some of the sickest patients."