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Sciona to provide support services to Eurogene Project

Sciona : 09 January, 2008  (New Product)
Sciona is collaborating in the Eurogene genetic health project and will support the implementation of electronic health records and services, including the use of genetic information across Europe to establish an integrated electronic health care system.
Dr Rosalynn Gill, Sciona’s chief science officer said, 'We are pleased to announce this landmark collaboration with leading European software developers and notable health care clinics involved in consumer genetics. The implementation of this project will help establish a valuable platform for health care providers globally in order to utilise genetic information electronically when guiding patient care.'

The Eurogene Project will address health care issues through a special online e-service throughout Europe, and is being funded by the European Commission under the FP6 Framework, which is also known as the eTen Project.

The project will be carried out over a period of 18 months and Sciona will serve as the lead scientific partner in conjunction with the Institute of Computer and Communication Systems of the National Technical University of Athens, (NTUA), and INI-Innovation.

Implementation trials will be carried out at three clinics in Europe. NTUA in Athens will serve as the systems software developer, and INI-Innovation in the UK will perform the business analysis for the project. The three European clinics supporting the project are: the Isernia Cardiovascular Diseases Centre in Isernia, Italy, the KlinBiochem Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Bonn in Germany, and the Barbastro Health Care Area in Spain.

Professor Dimitris Koutsouris added, 'Sciona's application of nutrigenetics is a very new and promising area of health care and the Eurogene Project will coordinate the application of the NTUA information technology and software with the advanced concepts of consumer genetics in a clinic setting.'

Sciona's CEO, Peter Vitulli said, 'We are delighted to participate in this project as the lead scientific partner specialising in nutrigenetics as our participation continues to establish Sciona as the global leader in the field of consumer genetics. Sciona will definitely serve to pioneer the way for using nutrigenetic information in clinical applications.'

The Eurogene Project includes delivering comprehensive patient records and clinical reports as well as genetic information related to health care. The project includes plans for pan-European expansion while navigating regulatory hurdles across European nations. The Eurogene e-Ten grant associated with the project is scheduled to be funded in January 2008.
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