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Genomics England will move its headquarters to Canary Wharf this autumn, as part of the development of a major life science cluster.

The move for Genomics England, one of the world’s most cutting-edge life science organisations, follows the recent announcement that CWG and Kadans Science Partner formed a joint venture to develop a 750,000 sq ft commercial laboratory building, the largest in Europe.

Genomics England will move into One Canada Square, giving the company a platform to developing life sciences community at Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf is already home to a number of leading healthcare and life sciences-focused organisations, including: Barts Health NHS Trust, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, Medical Defence Union, General Pharmaceutical Council and NHS Transformation.

World class

Shobi Khan, CEO of Canary Wharf Group, said: Securing a company of Genomics England’s stature is a significant endorsement of our vision to establish Canary Wharf as a world class life sciences hub in the UK.

“Attracting a cluster of innovative companies to Canary Wharf, in advance of opening our purpose-built laboratory enabled space at North Quay, is part of our strategy to make Canary Wharf one of the UK’s leading centres for life sciences.”

Chris Wigley, CEO of Genomics England Limited, said: “Genomics England is delivering an ambitious agenda, in partnership with the NHS and others, that will ensure the UK continues to lead the world in genomics. The move to Canary Wharf will enable us to deliver this agenda more effectively.”

Genomics England is a global leader in advancing and delivering genomic medicine and genomic research. Its work is transforming science into cutting edge healthcare and enabling the world’s first national Whole Genome Sequencing service in the NHS Genomic Medicine Service, to deliver the most advanced genomic healthcare to patients today.

It helps researchers use the data to help find the causes of diseases and to work on new treatments and is at the cutting edge of global research into the human genome.  Genomics England is regarded as one of the most valuable organisations of the UK’s life science sector.

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