Mayo, TGen come to working agreement for genomics research

From staff reports

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mayo Clinic and The Translational Genomics Research Institute have signed an agreement to broaden their genomics research collaboration.

TGen, a company that tries to make and translate genomic discoveries to improve human health, says the agreement means a more broad-based joint research collaboration. The two institutions will study cancers including pancreatic, hematologic malignancies, multiple myeloma, ovarian and breast. The agreement also includes more collaboration with neurologic disease that have a possible genetic basis -- such as Alzheimer's disease.

"We believe that bringing the power of an academic medical center such as Mayo Clinic together with the novel genomic technologies and tools at TGen will allow us to have a significant impact on these devastating diseases," said Dr. Jeffrey Trent, TGen's president and scientific director.

Four federal grant applications with co-investigators from both institutions have already been submitted, TGen said, and other proposals are in development.


"Pursuing joint research strategies and building strong partnerships with researchers at TGen helps to advance Mayo Clinic's mission of integrating research and educational efforts with clinical medicine to provide optimal health care for our patients and for patients everywhere," said Dr. Victor Trastek, Chair of the Board of Governors at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

Also included in the research collaboration agreement, according to TGen, is "the possibility of joint recruitment of staff and sharing of facilities and core resources of both organizations."

"Partnerships between organizations such as TGen and Mayo Clinic are absolutely critical in today's modern biomedical research environment," said Bert Getz, chair of the Mayo Foundation Board of Trustees, and a board member at TGen.

"Together we can have a profound impact on the care of patients with diseases and, hopefully, we will eventually even be able to prevent the development of these problems," he said.

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