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WuXi NextCODE and Fudan Children’s Hospital Partner to Lead Whole Genome Diagnostics for Rare Diseases in China

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WuXi NextCODE, a precision medicine company using the genome to improve health worldwide, and the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University (CHFU), based in Shanghai and serving 2.3 million patients nationwide per year, today announced the signing of a landmark agreement for advancing precision medicine in China. It brings WuXi NextCODE’s renowned genomic testing capabilities directly into clinical use for the first time in China, and builds on CHFU’s preeminence in pediatrics to begin immediately to deliver benefits to thousands of rare disease patients across China.

WuXi NextCODE is deploying the full range of its renowned genome testing infrastructure for CHFU: CLIA sequencing, massively scalable informatics, and the most powerful interpretation tools and clinical genetics expertise. As a result, CHFU will be able to offer Chinese rare disease patients the same sequence-based diagnostics now available to patients in the United States and Europe through partners including Boston Children’s Hospital and Genomics England. CHFU, which sees as many as 7,000 patients every day, can now rapidly scale up sequence-based testing to resolve more undiagnosed cases.

“We share a mission with CHFU: to put the best technology in the hands of the best doctors and scientists to help patients,” said Dr Ge Li, Chairman and CEO of WuXi AppTec, of which WuXi NextCODE is a wholly owned subsidiary. “We are very excited to join with our friends at CHFU to take the lead in rare disease diagnosis, care and research in China, offering patients world-class testing right here.”

“Looking for the genomics infrastructure that could deliver the best results for our patients, we saw that our colleagues at Harvard Medical School and other leading institutions were choosing WuXi NextCODE,” said Guoying Huang, President of CHFU. “We’ve come to the same conclusion. Using the emerging global standard for genomic data in medicine, we can move beyond static gene panels to employ the full power of the genome to address rare diseases, genetic and genetics-related disorders and eventually cancer and other conditions as well. We can also collaborate instantly with sister institutions that use WuXi NextCODE’s system to push the frontiers of care and discovery.”

“Our aim is to bring our technology into the clinic to deliver precision medicine to patients in every market worldwide,” said Hannes Smarason, co-founder, President and COO of WuXi NextCODE. “China is central to that strategy, and we couldn’t have a better partner than Fudan Children’s for realizing it and giving thousands of young patients and their families the best diagnostics and treatment options for inherited rare disorders.”

Source: PR Newswire