ELIXIR kicked off the Beyond One Million Genomes (B1MG) project which is funded by Horizon 2020.
22 signatory countries are working together to ensure that the declaration of cooperation ‘Towards access to at least 1 million sequenced genomes in the EU by 2022’ (also known as the ‘1+ Million Genomes’ initiative (1+MG)) will become reality.
This will ultimately improve disease prevention, personalised treatment and clinical research.
ELIXIR now provides the required formal coordination for such a large scale initiative- to move ‘beyond’ it’s initial aims- offering structure and international collaboration.
It strives to bring together key infrastructures, sequencing projects and member state representatives, and the voices of diverse stakeholders — including patients.
By doing so, the project will ensure the delivery of the 1+MG initiative objectives, such as ensuring data quality, high exchange standards, secure access protocols and excellent legal guidance.
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