Personalis Completes Sequencing 75,000th Whole Human Genome for VA MVP
MENLO PARK, Calif.:Personalis, Inc., a leader in advanced genomics for population sequencing and cancer, today announced its completion of the 75,000th whole human genome sequenced under its contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Million Veteran Program (VA MVP). All genomes were sequenced in the company’s laboratory in Menlo Park, California. With over 825,000 veterans enrolled to date and a recently increased target of two million enrollees, the VA MVP is the largest population sequencing program in the U.S. today.
Personalis was first contracted by the VA MVP to provide DNA sequencing and data analysis services in 2012. Since then, Personalis has invested in technology and infrastructure to expand its high-volume capabilities and has developed sophisticated data systems for sample tracking and processing, and for managing large amounts of genetic data. With this investment, over 50,000 genomes have been sequenced in the last 12 months.
Personalis CEO John West said, “We are proud of our continuing relationship with the VA MVP and admire their leadership on behalf of veterans. Since we completed our 60,000th genome in Q1, Personalis has been subject to COVID-19 operating restrictions, but with our advanced automation, combined with careful and dedicated work by our staff, we have been able to continue making progress for both the VA MVP and our biopharma customers. Given the current number of VA MVP samples already in-house, we expect that by end of this calendar year, Personalis could be the first company of its kind to complete the sequencing of 100,000 human genomes in the U.S. Additionally, our VA MVP business is well aligned with our oncology business: efficient high-quality processing of tens of thousands of samples is important to both.”