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Clinical Scientist Andrea Howarth leads first set of NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellows

Genomic Clinical Scientist Andrea Howarth has led the list of the first 17 fellows under the NHS Innovation Accelerator Programme for her work on the rapid identification and interpretation of disease-causing genetic variants.

Andrea Haworth

 

Andrea’s innovation, SAPIENTIA, is a genome analytics software enabling healthcare professionals to interrogate the human genome for pathogenic mutations likely to be the cause of a patient’s inherited disease and aims to significantly cut the 5-year period that it takes for parents to get a rare disease diagnosis for young children. Andrea developed the technology out of the Deciphering Developmental Disorders (DDD) translational research study, led by the Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

The aim of the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme is to help deliver on the commitment detailed within the Five Year Forward View – understanding how to create the conditions and cultural change necessary for proven innovations to be adopted faster and more systematically through the NHS, and to deliver examples into practise for demonstrable patient and population benefit.

The programme is hosted by London AHSN UCLPartners and the Health Foundation, in partnership with NHS England and in collaboration with Academic Health Science Networks across England. The delivery teams will to work together with patient groups to develop future strategies for innovation where diffusion is planned from the outset with patients and local communities.

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