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UK’s ‘duty’ to realise the potential of genomics: PPP Global Genomics Conference 2023

On November 9th, PPP convened the Global Genomics Conference 2023, with keynote speaker Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) calling for the UK to fulfil “its duty” to realise genomics potential.

PPP’s genomics programme was first launched in 2021.  The focus this year was on how to can ensure equity of access to genomics; how to  apply genomic data to health systems; and what more needs to be done to ensure that all communities can enjoy the benefits of genomics technologies.

The programme is truly international in scope, with over 700 people contributing to PPP’s Global Genomics Network, covering more than 40 global territories, including low-and-middle-income countries. The Network aims to convene global stakeholders to help spread the transformational benefits of genomic science.

Two virtual webinars were held in the lead up to the live conference.  Speakers from multiple countries discussed how to build trust in genomics, and how to create a more equitable approach to benefit sharing across the global industry.

The in-person conference on the 9th November offered more of a UK focus, with representation from groups such as Genomics England, Wellcome Sanger Institute, plus organisations such as NIHR Bioresource and Qatar Genome, along with a range of life sciences companies, academics and third sector groups.

Speaking about the event, the Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) said “…by all accounts it was a great discussion. I think genomics are [sic] a fascinating topic and it was great to meet with Sue Hill from NHS England who was very excited about the benefits for the NHS.”  Read more about her keynote speech here

Kira Levy, from sponsor AWS, stated about the conference: “….it was an impressive group of panellists and attendees, and we appreciate the chance to share our point of view.”

Julia Wilson, from sponsor Wellcome Sanger Institute added: “It was such a great meeting, with all the timely meaty issues.”

Mark Bailey, CEO from sponsor Zetta Genomics said, “Some very thought-provoking discussion and contribution! Lots of participation representing different groups, which was great to see and hear.”

Commenting live from the conference, the Global Pathogen Analysis Service stated, “Exciting discussions on the nuances of genomic sequencing and its game-changing benefits in healthcare”.

To find out more about being a PPP Partner in the Global Genomics Programme, email chris.rice@publicpolicyprojects.com.  For more information about the Global Genomics Programme for 2024, or for details on how to participate in future engagement activities, contact seve.loudon@publicpolicyprojects.com

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