Huntsville, Ala. — The HudsonAlpha Foundation has received a $525,000 donation from an anonymous donor to help support the new Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine.

The Smith Family Clinic opened in November on the HudsonAlpha campus and is believed to be the first clinic in the world to use whole genome sequencing exclusively to diagnose rare, undiagnosed and misdiagnosed disease. Every genome has millions of variants, or changes to the DNA. The clinical team identifies the variants linked to a patient’s disease and, if possible, uses that information to recommend new therapies or treatments.

“We are so excited to support the new genomic medicine team at HudsonAlpha and look forward to the rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients based on their unique genomes,” the anonymous donor stated. “This highly respected team is here to change how medicine is practiced and we are humbled to be a small part of it.”

“We are working towards one goal here: to improve medicine,” said Howard Jacob, PhD, executive vice president for medical genomics at HudsonAlpha and the head of the genomic medicine team at the clinic. “This generous gift allows us to use genomics today to help find answers for patients struggling with undiagnosed or misdiagnosed diseases. Those answers are the first step in providing treatment.”

The Smith Family Clinic is powered by HudsonAlpha, Children’s of Alabama and UAB Medicine. To learn more, visit www.smithfamilyclinic.org.

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Founded in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering biotech entrepreneurship; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, a key collaborator on the Human Genome Project, HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes 29 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit: http://hudsonalpha.org/.

Media Contact:
Margetta Thomas
256-327-0425
mthomas@hudsonalpha.org

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