A celebratory event marking the success of the 100,000 Genomes Project took place in London earlier this week, following the announcement on 5 December from Health Secretary Matt Hancock that the 100,000 Genomes Project had reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients.
To mark the occasion, Genomics England and NHS England invited staff, patients and their families for an event showcasing personal stories and their aspirations for the NHS genomic medicine service (see Twitter handle #futureNHS).
Speakers included Sir John Chisholm, Genomics England Chair, Prof Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer for England and Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics in NHS England, and Prof Same Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer.
Following the event Sally Davies tweeted:
The #Genomes100K achievement is world leading. It would not have been possible without the collaboration and hard work of everyone involved especially participants and their families. Lets keep up the momentum! pic.twitter.com/HxnnAsiOon
— Prof Sally Davies (@CMO_England) 11 December 2018
She later said: “I am so proud by the achievement of #NHS teams up and down the country in delivering the #genomes100k project. The rest of the world looks on with huge envy.”