In the early 2000s, humanity was able to sequence the human genome for the first time. There were gaps in the code. It was really expensive — it took billions of dollars to reach that milestone. We didn’t have fast, cheap cloud computing like we do now. But we did it.
Since that time, the promise of a human genomic revolution has slowly come into focus. The possibility of revolutionizing human health care with personalized treatments is within reach but not widely implemented. In personalized or ‘precision’ oncology, for instance, the vast majority of patients are still not getting their baseline individual genomes sequenced, let alone multiple sequences of possibly heterogeneous tumors.
This friction in the adoption of precision medicine is not for lack of the capacity and cost-effective ability to sequence tissue samples and generate genomic data. Cheap, high-quality, effective sequencing is readily available in most modern health systems, and national initiatives are attracting more and more funding for the underlying research. The problem is that key scientific information is not fast, intuitive, evidence-based and easily searchable in one place.
Looking up a variant and determining which diseases, pharma treatments and clinical trials are associated with it should be as fast, reliable and trustworthy as using Google for basic knowledge about the world. And with genomic information, trustworthiness is actually even more important, and so connections to the evidence basis for assertions is extra-important, compared to looking up the weather on Google.
There was an important implicit promise in the 2000s — a deeply held value in the scientific community that the genomic information itself should be free. Unfortunately, as time has passed, various competing interests and the inherent complexity of this wondrous evolving dataset has made it hard to see the big picture.
In 2021, we are solving that problem, with the world’s most intuitive genomic search engine. You can search a gene, variant, condition or treatment and see the multimodal connections and underlying evidence basis. No more need to switch between dozens of open tabs, or to go purchase five-, six- or seven-figure enterprise licenses from software companies — simply to see what treatments are related to a given variant.
Seeq, the world’s most intuitive (and free!) genomic search engine is our solution to this pain point for clinicians and researchers around the world. We’re building in public and would love to hear from you. We have so much more to do and we’re glad to be doing it with the support and feedback of great users and partners around the world.
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