Friday December 6, 2019

Genetic harvesting firm ordered to contact brain tumour patients

Brain tumour patients must be informed of right to withdraw data from study

Killian Woods

Business reporter


Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

24th November, 2019

Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI) has been ordered to run a publicity campaign to allow people to withdraw their samples from a project to harvest the genetic data of 9,000 Irish brain tumour patients.

GMI was founded in 2015 and secured funding from Google and a venture firm established by ex-Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz. It was acquired by WuXi NextCODE in 2018 and, as part of the deal, the Irish government’s sovereign wealth fund put $70...

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