Every year many couples are confronted with the unexpected birth of a sick child due to a genetic disease. Genetic disorders can vary in severity - while some, such as cystic fibrosis, are relatively common and well-recognised, others are rare and confined to a handful of families worldwide. Nevertheless, they can be severely debilitating and costly.
Genetic testing is currently available to a couple for a very limited number of genetic conditions and often this is not offered until after the birth of a sick child.
A UK-based SME has developed a novel carrier screening technology based on whole exome sequencing. This technology enables couples to be tested for all known (>5000) genetic conditions when planning a pregnancy. Therefore, the risk of having a child suffering from a genetic condition is largely eliminated.
The SME is looking for partners to help them pioneer the technology in their clinical practice. They would therefore like to partner with Genetic clinics, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinics, gynaecology and other related clinics who currently outsource genetic testing. The SME is particularly interested in clinical practices who deal with high-risk couples (e.g. previous family history of genetic disease, history of consanguinity, etc.) It is envisaged that the partnership would be in the form of a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement.