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Genos was spun out of Complete Genomics, a next generation sequencing company, and completed a private venture-backed financing in May 2016. The company was co-founded by Mark Blumling (former founder of Hyperion Therapeutics) and Dr. Clifford Reid (former founder and CEO of Complete Genomics). According to SNPedia, one of the major differences between Genos and other consumer genomic companies is the amount of genetic data sequenced. Genos sequences the entire exome, covering 50 million genomic loci, while other consumer offerings cover 1 million or less.
Genos currently offers its sequencing service available for $499. This includes:
- Whole exome sequencing, CLIA, 75x on-target coverage. The exome is defined as the protein coding regions of the genome and represents the most functional and relevant parts of the genome, including at least 80% of all known disease variants.
- A browsable map of a user’s genome, summaries of associated conditions and unique genetic variations.
- Ability to download raw data as a VCF file.
- Access to a network of certified genetic counselors to guide users through their data.
Users provide a saliva sample and mail the DNA kit back to Genos. Genos conducts DNA sequencing using next generation sequencing technology and returns data to the user through the Genos digital platform. Genos also supports importing pre-sequenced whole exome or whole genome data from certain institutions like the Personal Genome Project. Genos has stated that starting in late 2016, it will enable users to share data with research partners on a study-by-study basis and provide compensation to users if they choose to share.
Genos recently launched its Impact Network which allows customers to share their genetic data with research studies in exchange for personal compensation, ranging anywhere from $50 to $200 per project. Genos maintains that users always need to opt into these studies, and the company will never share genetic data without permission. The first studies include new research for a vaccine for breast cancer and a clinical trial for treating lymphoma. With the Impact Network, researchers and labs globally can get access to a new pool of genetic information to further explore new relationships to health and wellness.
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