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Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance to Receive A$36M in New Government Funding

NEW YORK — Australia's Victorian government said on Monday that it will provide A$36 million (US$26.4 million) in funding over the next four years to the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance.

Founded in 2013, Melbourne Genomics is an alliance of 10 hospitals, research groups, and academic institutes tasked with implementing clinical genomics programs in the Australian state of Victoria.

According to Melbourne Genomics, the government funding will be matched by a A$10 million investment from its members and will be used to accelerate access to genomic medicine for people in Victoria's regional and rural areas.

"We have shown that genomics can deliver life-saving and life-changing outcomes," Clara Gaff, executive director of Melbourne Genomics, said in a statement. "This funding will help us continue to build Victoria's global position as a leader in health and medical research, and in the real-world application of genomics." 

In 2018, Melbourne Genomics rolled out GenoVic, a platform shared by member organizations to support the use of genomics in clinical practice. Earlier this year, Melbourne Genomics expanded GenoVic to include a technology that allows virtual gene panels related to human disorders to be created, stored, and queried.