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October 7, 2016
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded an additional task order to precision medicine company Personalis to provide whole genome DNA sequencing and data analysis services for the VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP). MVP, established in 2011, is a research effort aimed at better understanding how genetic variations affect health. Up to a million Veterans are expected to enroll in the VA study over the next 4-5 years. Data and genetic samples collected through the study are stored securely and made available for studies by authorized researchers, with safeguards in place to protect Veterans’ private health information. Personalis will perform whole genome DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics analysis using its secure computing infrastructure and proprietary algorithms. The task order will bring the total of whole genome deliveries by Personalis to the VA to over 10,000.