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Next-generation Cancer Care in the Age of Genomics, Precision Medicine, High Throughput Biology

  • Founder, President, CEO, TED Fellow, Rare Genomics Institute Washington University in St. Louis
      Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, is a 2012 TED Fellow and Founder & President of Rare Genomics Institute, the world's first platform to enable any community to leverage cutting-edge biotechnology to advance understanding of any rare disease. Partnering with 18 of the top medical institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford, RGI helps custom design personalized research projects for diseases so rare that no organization exists to help. Dr. Lin is also a medical school faculty member at the Washington University in St. Louis and led the computational analysis of the first ever exome sequenching studies for any human disease at Johns Hopkins. He has numerous publications in Science, Nature, Cell, Nature Genetics, and Nature Biotechnology, and has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.


    Developments in DNA sequencing technology have provided a unique opportunity for diagnosis and discovery of genetic alterations for rare diseases. Partnering with 20 academic centers in the US and globally, we have coordinated and facilitated NGS projects for rare disease. We will summarize what we learned from all these sites for the entire process from consent, sample collection, library prep, sequencing, bioinformatics, interpretation, counseling, and clinical reimbursement.

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