Government launches £10m competition to fund gene technology that can help fight cancer

A £10 million competition to help businesses develop technology to map and analyse genes to help fight inherited diseases and cancer has been launched by the government.

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A £10 million competition to help businesses develop technology to map and analyse genes to help fight inherited diseases and cancer has been launched by the government.

Ideas in the competition could include new computer code or hardware, or improvements of existing software and devices, said the government.

The competition will run alongside plans to map the DNA code of up to 100,000 NHS patients with cancer and rare diseases by 2017.

The products developed as part of the competition will play a part in reaching this target. Public Health England is also leading work to use whole genome sequencing to tackle infectious diseases.

Heath minister Lord Howe said: "Our plans to map 100,000 genomes will lead to truly ground-breaking discoveries about how diseases work and how we can treat them more effectively.

"This competition helps harness the creativity and ingenuity of businesses to help us reach our target."

He said: "Our investment in pioneering scientific research is good news for patients, for the research sector and for the economy - creating jobs and growth in our world-beating life sciences industry."

Application forms and further details about this competition can be found at www.innovateuk.org/funding-competitions. The deadline for entries is 5 February 2014. Winning proposals will be announced in March 2014.

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