Coping with a sea of data
Granada-based Integromics S.L. has teamed up with the Galician Foundation of Genomic Medicine (FPGMX) in Santiago de Compostela to secure a €1m EU grant from the European Regional Development Fund and the Spanish government. With the advent of cheap sequencing technologies, the bulk interpretation of generated data has become more vital than ever. The joint project is entitled “Advanced analysis and interpretation of low-cost next-generation sequencing data for clinical applications” (ApliClinics LC-NGS). While FPGMX brings expertise in the field of clinical genomics to the partnership, Integromics will be in charge of bioinformatics. Its CSO Eduardo González Couto calls the collaboration a pioneering effort for Integromics: “This will be the first time that we are working side-by-side with clinicians to bridge the gap between NGS technology and healthcare for patients.” FPGMX director Àngel Carracedo, who has a staff of 92 at the University of Santiago (USC), says that the bottleneck is not data production but “the bioinformatic tools that allow us to obtain reliable and accurate information on the variation found after DNA sequencing.” The first results – in the form of software and lab procedures – are expected this fall.