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UK forges global partnerships in genomics

Recently, 30 representatives of governments, healthcare providers, academia and industry from 15 countries gathered in the UK to meet with British experts in genomics with the aim of exploring collaborations to develop their local genomics capability.

With the 100,000 Genomes Project to sequence 100,000 of the genomes of NHS patients and combine with NHS data, led by Genomics England, the UK is a world leader in genomics. It is already at an advanced stage of a systematic long-term plan for integrating genomic and personalised medicine into the day-to-day delivery of healthcare.

Speaking at the conference, the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of Minister of State for Community and Social Care at the Department of Health said: “The UK has great strength in genomics and personalised medicine and has a clear proposition to work with partners around the world to develop global genomics capability and capacity.

“The larger and more diverse the population we study, the more we will learn about inherited diseases and cancers. This means that, together, we can develop, more quickly, very accurate diagnostic tests and personalised treatment.”

British and Caribbean female entrepreneurs join forces

A UK business woman is spearheading efforts to encourage British and Caribbean female entrepreneurs to do business with each other.

Claudine Reid, managing director of social enterprise PJ Community Services, is set to host the Women on the Frontline (WOTFL) Empowerment Summit in Jamaica 2016 from 14-20 June. The event has been organised to coincide with Caribbean Fashion Week. Mrs Reid hopes to take a delegation of up to 50 people to the WOTFL

Mrs Reid said: “Whilst organising WOTFL networking events, women often shared they would welcome opportunities to build relationships with women in other countries so I organised events in Spain and Holland. When I found out that Caribbean Fashion week was being held in Jamaica this year, I thought it would be a great to organise an initiative that enable British women to meet with Caribbean entrepreneurs.”

She continued: “This summit has the backing of Caribbean Fashion week and the British High Commission in Jamaica. I expect women who attend the summit to gain real tangible benefits and leave Jamaica with great business contacts.”