Over the past few years we’ve collaborated in GAP, a funded project that made clinical genomics cost-effective for daily use in a hospital. Project partners UGent, KULeuven, imec and three companies (Western Digital, Bluebee and Agilent) developed the hardware and software platforms to make whole human genome sequencing cost and time efficient, and ready for clinical and societal use.
We strongly feel that International DNA Day is a perfect time to seriously think about genomic medicine for daily use in hospitals. While costs for sequencing are dropping there are still major political, societal, technical and scientific challenges to address before genomic medicine will be a standard clinical practice.
Our GAP closing event on April 25 features two main parts:
Morning session: The broader strategy needed to make genomic medicine a reality in Europe
Afternoon session: Scientific and engineering challenges.
10:00 - 12:30 – Strategy for Genomic Medicine in Europe
12:30 - 14:00 – Lunch and demos
14:00 - 18:00 – Overview of the Genomics Application Platform
18:00 - 19:30 – Networking
GAP is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen.
This day is followed (starting at 19:30 @ Heilig Hart Instituut, Heverlee) by the event ‘Evening Fundraising for the Exceptional Kids Fund’ (a fund for research on rare genetic disorders) feat. ‘Live in Nerdland: DNA’, a benefit theatre performance by Lieven Scheire (Belgian comedy and television maker).