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Development of a platform for a new model of interaction between geneticists and patients with Mendelian diseases.

Objective

Our project aims to develop at European level a new business model intended to end the expensive and stressful diagnostic odyssey experienced
by patients affected with a Mendelian disease, needing genetic testing to confirm or clarify the diagnosis. We intend to achieve this goal through
dissemination and marketing at European level of the platform “Genica.eu” which we tested in the Italian market. Such platform allows meeting
between patients looking for a reference center, expert geneticists able to interpret genetic data, and BMR Genomics as service providing
technology and expertise to manage the overall project. Genetic testing has been facing an exponential growth in the last years, due to the rapid
evolution of Next generation sequencing technologies for DNA analysis, the reduction of sequencing costs and the increase of the overall number
of genes linked to Mendelian diseases. However, the current genetic testing process is highly fragmented and there is a lack of harmonization in
the genetic services offer between European countries. Our project wants to enter the genetic testing market and aims to satisfy the growing need
to organize and enhance the affordability of genetic services, as well as to use and manage genetic data for diagnosis of rare diseases. The
feasibility study under Phase 1 has the purpose to develop the business plan in: European market analysis (target customers, user needs,
competitors, SWOT analysis, stakeholders); organizational structure and operational network, regulation and know-how management; analysis of
costs and profitability. The project addresses some Europe's challenges: the need to facilitate improvements in diagnosis and delivery of high-
quality, accessible and cost-effective healthcare for all patients with medical conditions requiring rare expertises and the need to enable and
facilitate the exchange of expertises among European countries and to harmonize the genetic testing offer and affordability.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1

Coordinator

BIOMOLECULAR RESEARCH GENOMICS SRL
Address
Via Redipuglia 21A
35131 Padova
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000