Huawei precision medicine cloud- a revolutionary step in the field of genomics

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It brings no surprise that the area of genomics is incentivizing and attracting tech giants like Amazon and Google. Huawei is the latest addition to this domain, collaborating with established genomic data experts WuXi NextCODE and WuXi AppTec. The platform created by this partnership is aiming to support the Precision Medicine Initiative taken up by the Chinese government, and link researchers across China through a secure nationwide network.

A multi-nation conglomerate

Huawei cloud services have over 50,000 customers spread throughout China with data centers in 15 cities. Leading the way in genomics technology and powering the leading population genomics with large scale medicine efforts in UK, Qatar, US and China, Wuxi NextCODE is about to enter the cloud space through the Precision Medicine Cloud(PMC) powered by DNAnexus. DNAnexus provides security, scalability, and collaboration for enterprises and institutions that are pursuing genomic-based approaches to health to accelerate medical discovery. This initiative is to bring cloud-based genomics to China and to introduce Chinese genomics to the world. The cost associated with this action is estimated to be $9.2 Billion and is expected to touch almost 100 Million lives by 2030.

China has enlisted the private sector as well as government resources in its dream to make the country a leader in “precision medicine,” which aims to treat diseases tailored to individual patients based on their genetic makeup. This Precision Medicine Cloud will expedite China’s bid to be the DNA superpower of the world.

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Sequencing data- a revolutionary solution for improving medicine

The first and foremost step in this process will be to collect genomic data from the Chinese and international populations. A multi-disciplinary team coordinated by the Beijing Institute of Genomics will first collect genetic information from about 2,000 volunteers and aim to develop new treatment concepts. Then, comes the part of accumulating data from the respective data centers and start the sequencing process.

The application of sequencing data is to improve diagnosis, develop better and more targeted drugs, and to provide informed, personalized scientific wellness regimes that can help people to stay healthier longer. Huawei Technologies will develop the cloud support platform.

This platform ultimately will benefit patients by making disease diagnostics, treatment, and prevention more efficient and effective by sharing and managing of genomic data in the cloud.

About Huawei

Huawei is one of the leading data and communication technology solutions provider. Making the best use of customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customer competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Its innovative solutions, products, and services are spread out throughout the globe-spanning almost 170 countries and regions.

About WuXi AppTec

Established in the year 2000, WuXi AppTec is a world renowned pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device open-access capability and technology platform with global operations. Being and innovation-oriented and consumer-focused company, WuXi AppTec provides a diverse and detailed portfolio through the drug research and development process. The company has dwelled into integrated services with analytical services, bio-analytical services, process research, process development services, API manufacturing services, etc.

About WuXI next code

Being a subsidiary of WuXi AppTec, WuXi NextCODE is a genomic information company which applies sequence data to deliver better health and precision medicine for people around the world.  Their unique capabilities include

  • A novel database design that mines and oversees more of genomes than any other competitor.
  • A prime genome interpretation and discovery system in a cloud.
  • A state of the art web of DNA that empowers clients to enquire and collaborate using massive genomic datasets online with unparalleled resolution and efficiency
  • The technical know-how to apply genomics for the advancement of drug development with a growing scope of tests and scans to improve disease diagnostics, cancer treatment, and well-being.

Lastly, there are a lot of endless possibilities that have and possibly will open up regarding improving the health care network across the world. Once this precision cloud comes into effect, the exchange of information and data will be immense. The kind of support this collaboration will provide will be unparalleled, along with generating employment and steadily improving the science of medicine. So, all in all, an initiative to look forward!

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