India-, UK-based biotech agency wins ‘Star Trek’ creator’s higher humanity award

London, August 21

An India- and UK-headquartered genomics biotech firm is amongst 4 worldwide initiatives awarded the USD 1-million 2020 Roddenberry Prize designed to advance the imaginative and prescient of ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry to higher humanity.

Launched this yr within the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, the prize pivoted to have interaction organisations who demonstrated their agility and innovation on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Global Gene Corp was recognised within the Science class for democratising well being care by genomics by mapping and organising the world’s genomic range.

In the method, the corporate based mostly out of Mumbai and Cambridge was lauded for serving to the world overcome the bias that 80 per cent of all present genomic knowledge come from individuals of European ancestry.

“Growing up in India as a ‘Star Trek’ fan, Gene Roddenberry inspired us with his vision of a future where technology is a force for incredible positive impact on humanity,” mentioned Sumit Jamuar, Chairman and CEO of Global Gene Corp.

“This recognition of our work to create an equitable and fair world – where all of us, irrespective of where we live, can benefit by leapfrogging to the health care of the future enabled by genomics, digital health and creating the next generation of therapeutics – is a truly remarkable moment in our journey to create lasting transformation,” he mentioned.

Global Gene Corp mentioned the prize cash of USD 250,000 for every successful challenge would go in direction of furthering its analysis and growth programmes.

“To deliver our mission, Global Gene Corp has built technology platforms to enable largescale studies on human health and well-being, facilitating creation of electronic health records, genomic data repositories and analytics, biobanking, digital health apps and accelerating therapeutic discovery,” explains Jamuar, an Indian Institute of Technology alumnus who co-founded the agency with a strategic precedence to map and organise the world’s genomic range.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted unacceptable inequities in health care globally by infecting more than 20 million people so far, with greater trauma, not unexpectedly, in developing countries. The need for inclusion of different ethnicities and populations to understand the disparity in health care outcomes and research has never been clearer,” he mentioned.

The different winners of the 2020 Roddenberry Prize embody two US-based initiatives: Digital Green within the Environment class for its work in empowering smallholder farmers by harnessing the collective energy of know-how throughout India, Ethiopia and different elements of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Generation within the humanity class as a non-profit that trains, locations, and helps individuals of all ages into life-changing careers, additionally working in India in addition to France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.

The fourth winner, underneath Education, is France-based Bibliotheeques Sans Frontieeres (BSF) or Libraries Without Borders, set as much as democratise entry to info and training.

“Gene’s vision was for big, bold ideas to change the world,” mentioned Roddenberry Foundation Chief Executive Lior Ipp.

“The yr’s prize invested in organisations capable of transfer shortly and boldly in combating COVID-19, from spreading COVID-19 consciousness to ‘last-mile’ populations to delivering on-line job coaching to contact-tracing and danger analysis in genetic mapping, this yr’s prize winners are extraordinary organisations responding to humanity’s wants through the COVID-19 disaster and past,” he mentioned.

The organisers mentioned that the 2020 prize attracted over 2,500 purposes from non-profit and for-profit enterprises of all sizes from across the globe. PTI

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