David Cameron visited Illumina’s Foster City campus in San Francisco, USA, the home of the Illumina Accelerator programme that is helping entrepreneurs turn innovative new ideas into successful businesses that use genomics to improve – and save – lives. During his visit, Mr Cameron, who is International Advisor to Illumina, toured the complex and hosted a Question and Answer session with all employees.
While Prime Minister, David Cameron created Genomics England who partnered with Illumina to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project. The project centres around the collection and sequencing of genomes from 100,000 patients, with the aim of enhancing research into rare diseases. David Cameron’s visit coincided with the news that Genomics England will expand the 100,000 Genomes Project to 1 million – and then 5 million as their long-term vision, proving that the NHS is a world leader in this exciting and innovative form of medical research.