BC Platforms to partner with Codigo46
Deal will support the creation of the largest biobank in Latin America
BASEL, Switzerland & HELSINKI, Finland—BC Platforms, a world player in genomic data management solutions, announced in late July that it had signed a partnership with Codigo46, an emerging Mexican company, focused on building and managing the largest biobank in Latin America in cooperation with Mexican health and research specialists to deliver clinical patient benefits and future personalized medicines through academic and commercial research.
This biobank, which BC and Codigo describe as “unique due to the Mexican genotype which has a Native American and European mix,” is predicted to grow to more than a million genotypic and phenotypic data samples over the next three years.
As part of the deal, BC Platforms will deliver a bespoke technology platform enabling Codigo46’s global customers and collaborators to efficiently access and analyze this data without compromising its integrity. This platform will provide automated systems and high-end infrastructure to enable the acquisition of large volumes of data from new sources. Codigo46 has adopted Illumina’s recently announced Infinium Global Screening Array, and the array chip has been designed for genetic risk screening of large global populations.
“We are very excited to partner with BC Platforms. We believe that with their support and expertise, we can achieve our ambitious goal to build the largest biobank in Latin America,” said Lorenza Haddad, CEO of Codigo46. “Our ambitions are not just to generate a genetic database, but also to incorporate clinical data from hospital systems with patient consent and be a part of different research projects. It will be the first biobank to provide such extensive data sets from subjects of this diverse genotype, and we expect it will be a highly valuable resource for academic and commercial research across the globe.”
Tero Silvola, CEO of BC Platforms, commented: “We feel privileged to collaborate with Codigo46 on this unique project and support the translation of these diverse samples into valuable data for academic and commercial research. We are excited to work in partnership to develop a bespoke technology platform to support them in their mission to build the largest biobank in Latin America.”