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Press Release: CommonMind Consortium Launched as a Public-Private Effort to Generate and Broadly Share Molecular Data on Neuropsychiatric Disease.

Date: April 9th, 2012
Contact: Jonathan Derry, Vice-President, Sage Bionetworks
Tel: (206) 667-2101   email: info@CommonMind.org

SEATTLE, WA.  Sage Bionetworks, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), University of Pennsylvania (Penn), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited (TAKEDA) have launched a Public-Private Pre-Competitive Consortium to generate and analyze large-scale genomic data from human subjects with neuropsychiatric disease and to make this data and the associated analytical results broadly available to the public. This collaboration brings together disease area expertise, large scale and well curated brain sample collections, and data management and analysis expertise from the respective institutions.

As many as 450 million people worldwide are believed to be living with a mental or behavioral disorder: schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are two of the top six leading causes of years lived with disability according to the World Health Organization. The burden on the individual as well as on society is significant with estimates for the health care costs for these individuals as high as four percent GNP. This highlights a grave need for new therapies to alleviate this suffering.

Researchers from MSSM including Dr. Pamela Sklar, Dr. Joseph Buxbaum and Dr. Eric Schadt will join with Dr. Raquel Gur and Dr. Chang-Gyu Hahn from Penn to combine their extensive brain bank collections for the generation of whole genome scale RNA and DNA sequence data. Dr. Pamela Sklar, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at MSSM commented “this is an exciting opportunity for us to use the newest genomic methods to really expand our understanding of the molecular underpinnings of neuropsychiatric disease”, while Dr Raquel Gur, Professor of Psychiatry from Penn observed “this will be a great complement to some of the large-scale genetic analyses that have been carried out to date because it will give a more complete mechanistic picture”.

Dr. Jonathan Derry, Vice President of Research at Sage Bionetworks noted, “We are truly thrilled to be partnering with some of the best brain researchers to generate an unprecedented scale of molecular data that we will make broadly available as a resource to the community through our data analysis and management platform Synapse.”  Dr Thomas Lehner, Chief Genomics Research Branch at NIMH added, “The NIMH is particularly excited about this partnership that will leverage resources and expertise in both the public and the private sector to accelerate research into the causes and treatments of major mental illness”.

TAKEDA has provided seed funding for the effort that will look to expand in the future. The CommonMind Consortium is committed to generating an open resource for the community and invites others with common goals to contact us at info@CommonMind.org.

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Conversations

network building in the Big Data Deluge

Sage Bionetworks is holding an interactive colloquium with the Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on collective approaches to analyzing the tsunami of medical research data and translate it into healthcare advances. Come find out what you need to take advantage of high performance, cloud-based computing and the development of predictive models of disease within a collaborative platform.

Presentations and Roundtable:
FHCRC – david hockenbery • soheil meshinchi • pete nelson • jim olson • riki peters • jerry radich
UW – kelly edwards
SAGE BIONETWORKS – jonathan derry • stephen friend • erich huang • lara mangravite • adam margolin
GUEST SPEAKER – eric schadt
synapse demonstrations • sage bionetworks software platform team
poster presentations • sage bionetworks scientists & engineers

Questions? contact conversations@sagebase.org

Monday 23 January 2012 – 2 PM – 5 PM

Pelton Auditorium • Thomas Building • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center • 1100 Fairview Ave. N. • Seattle WA

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New Oncology Partnership with AstraZeneca

Sage Bionetworks and AstraZeneca have begun an exciting cancer collaboration using advanced computational modeling. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of cancer to help better match patients with appropriate treatments and might one day lead to new cancer therapeutics.

Cancer is a major cause of mortality globally; accounting for 7.4 million (or 13%) of all deaths in 2004. The World Health Organization estimates the incidence of cancer to continue rising to reach an estimated 9.2 million deaths in 2015, driving the critical need for novel therapies to reach patients quickly and efficiently as well as better ways to match patients with treatments.

The partnership will combine Sage Bionetworks’ expertise in computer models of disease genetics with AstraZeneca’s extensive knowledge and expertise of oncology including access to data on AstraZeneca’s compounds.  It will focus on investigating regulatory pathways among different cancers using large coherent cancer genomic datasets and predictive disease models developed at Sage Bionetworks. This will potentially provide data-driven rationales for prioritizing therapeutic targets for developing new insights to improve cancer treatments, as well as potentially helping to identify cancer patient subpopulations that will most likely benefit from such treatments. Dr. Jonathan Derry, Vice President of Research at Sage Bionetworks noted, “This is an exciting opportunity to combine what we have learned about complex genetic networks with the outstanding resources and scientists at AstraZeneca.”

Dr. Susan Galbraith, Vice President and Head of Oncology Innovative Medicines Unit at AstraZeneca said: “We are looking forward to collaborating with Sage Bionetworks to build realistic, predictive models of cancers to expand our current understanding of these diseases and potentially harness that knowledge into new target identification, portfolio positioning and patient selection all of which we hope will lead to new treatment options for patients.”

“Everyone truly wins in this project,” noted Dr. Stephen Friend, President of Sage Bionetworks. “Sage Bionetworks gets to work with an industry innovator and the resultant computational models will be placed in our public repository and available to all researchers following the completion of the project. Most importantly, we hope patients will gain better drugs.”

18 March 2011 Press Release

Interested in disease genes or drug development?

Sage Bionetworks and the Life Sciences Discovery Fund have created the Washington Partners Program (WPP) to help commercial and academic researchers in Washington State achieve their genomics goals.  This is a competitive program in which participants can can leverage Sage’s advanced integrative genomic analytical skills and disease models through active collaborations that will accelerate advance internal research and development. Projects will achieve tangible outcomes through the efforts of up to one full time Sage analyst within six to twelve months.

Sage Bionetworks is hosting an informational forum on integrative biology and the Washington Partners Program on November 1st featuring leading experts.  See the WPP web page for further details.