MIAMI, Feb. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (Nasdaq:OPK) OPKO Health, Inc. announced today that its subsidiary and business unit, GeneDx, is entering into a collaboration with the Deciphering Developmental Disorder (DDD) study led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute is a non-profit research institute that played a central role in the human genome project. The DDD study aims to determine the clinical utility of leveraging advanced genomic technologies to diagnose patients with developmental disorders. This will be accomplished in two ways: (i) identifying novel genes and pathways for human genetic diseases and characterizing the associated phenotypes, and (ii) improving informatics and statistical methods to robustly diagnose patients with genetic conditions.
Through the DDD study, scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have worked alongside doctors from 24 Regional Genetics Services throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland over the past 4 years to analyze DNA from 13,500 patients with developmental disorders along with their biological parents. Through this research, so far, the DDD study has led to the discovery of 30 novel genes associated with developmental disorders.1-3
GeneDx, an industry leader in whole exome sequencing (WES), launched its WES program in 2011, and over the past 5 years has discovered or contributed to the phenotypic understanding of over 25 genes associated with developmental delay and/or intellectual disability4. With GeneDx’s collaboration, the joint study cohort will expand by over 12,000 cases* presenting with developmental delay or intellectual disability. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute’s DDD study,” said Kyle Retterer, MS, Director of Data Science, GeneDx. “We expect that the combination of our cohorts and our analytical tools will help improve the ability to find statistically significant enrichment of previously undescribed disease genes, thus aiding in the diagnosis of patients from both cohorts and in the general understanding of Mendelian neurodevelopmental disorders.”
Matthew Hurles, PhD, Chief Investigator of the DDD study, adds, “Pooling data globally is critical for identifying rare and ultra-rare genetic disorders. We are delighted to be collaborating with GeneDx and look forward to being able to increase substantially the proportion of patients we can diagnose confidently with known genetic disorders through combining data from over 20,000 families.”
To learn more about the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, please visit www.sanger.ac.uk/about/who-we-are. For GeneDx’s complete list of testing options, please visit our website www.genedx.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter @GeneDx and become a fan on Facebook @GeneDxLab to get real-time updates from us.
*GeneDx will not share individual patient-level data as part of this collaboration. Additionally, if this research results in publication, GeneDx will only include patients where explicit consent for publication has been obtained.
GeneDx is a world leader in Genomics with an acknowledged expertise in rare and ultra rare genetic disorders, as well as one of the broadest menus of sequencing services available among commercial laboratories. GeneDx provides testing to patients and their families in more than 55 countries. GeneDx is a business unit of BioReference Laboratories, a wholly owned subsidiary of OPKO Health, Inc.. To learn more, please visit www.genedx.com.
About OPKO Health, Inc.
OPKO Health is a diversified healthcare company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets. Our diagnostics business includes Bio-Reference Laboratories, the nation's third-largest clinical laboratory with a core genetic testing business and a 420-person sales force to drive growth and leverage new products, including the 4Kscore® prostate cancer test and the Claros® 1 in-office immunoassay platform. Our pharmaceutical business features RAYALDEE, an FDA-approved treatment for SHPT in stage 3-4 CKD patients with vitamin D insufficiency (launched in November 2016), VARUBI™ for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (oral formulation launched by partner TESARO and IV formulation PDUFA date: January 2017), TT401, a once or twice weekly oxyntomodulin for type 2 diabetes and obesity which is a clinically advanced drug candidate among the new class of GLP-1 glucagon receptor dual agonists, and TT701, an androgen receptor modulator for androgen deficiency indications. Our biologics business includes hGH-CTP, a once-weekly human growth hormone injection (in phase 3 and partnered with Pfizer), a long-acting Factor VIIa drug for hemophilia (in phase 2a) and a long-acting oxyntomodulin for diabetes and obesity (in phase 1). We also have production and distribution assets worldwide, multiple strategic investments and an active business development strategy. More information is available at www.opko.com.
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