Sensyne Health signs strategic research agreement

Collaboration with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust aims to analyse anonymised genetic data using clinical artificial intelligence technology

Sensyne Health has signed a Strategic Research Agreement (SRA) with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) to analyse anonymised genetic data using clinical artificial intelligence (AI) in an effort to improve patient care and accelerate medical research.

The agreement builds on an existing relationship with OUH and the University of Oxford which was signed in July 2017.

Under the new agreement announced today, Sensyne Health will work with the trust to analyse consented and anonymised genetic data, comprising diagnostic genetic tests and whole genome sequences.

The agreement covers data that has been generated by the trust over the past five years as well as data that will be generated over the next 10 years.

In addition Sensyne Health will collaborate with the trust in developing a proposal to use genomic medicine, including whole genome sequencing, which when mobilised could be part of the standard pathway of care for NHS patients of the trust in future.

This new agreement, enabling the analysis of linked genotypic and phenotypic data, will further enhance our ability to make new discoveries and develop new treatments

The purpose of this research is to use clinical AI to analyse the growing set of genotypic and phenotypic clinical data generated by the trust that is highly valuable for medical research and the development of potential new treatments.

Under this new agreement, OUH receives an additional £5m in equity in Sensyne Health and will also benefit from royalties that arise from any discoveries for reinvestment back into the trust to benefit patients.

Research will be undertaken to the highest standards of information governance and data security in accordance with NHS requirements and data protection legislation.

Genome sequencing will only be undertaken with patient consent and for the purposes of research. Patients have the right to decline to be involved.

Dr Bruno Holthof, chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Oxford University Hospitals is one of the digital centres of excellence in the NHS.

“Because of our digital investments, we now have a unique database that will grow in size over time and this Strategic Research Agreement will allow us to find new ways of treating our patients.”

Lord (Paul) Drayson, chief executive of Sensyne Health, added: “Sensyne Health is developing, in collaboration with the University of Oxford and with Oxford University Hospitals, world-leading capability in the use of clinical AI to analyse anonymised patient data.

“This new agreement, enabling the analysis of linked genotypic and phenotypic data, will further enhance our ability to make new discoveries and develop new treatments.”

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