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Launch of pioneering national cancer genomics initiative will give 23,000 Australians best chance to fight toughest cancers

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Media Event Invite from OMICO


Embargoed 6.00am 27 July 2023


Launch of pioneering national cancer genomics initiative will give 23,000 Australians best chance to fight toughest cancers 


Date:                  Thursday 27th July 2023 


Time:                 12:00 - 13:00   Formal launch proceedings 

(Potential for filming/interviews from 11.00am)


Event:                Formal launch of initiative by OMICO and partners


Venue:              UNSW Sydney  

Michael Crouch Innovation Centre 

Ground Floor, Hilmer Building 

E10, Union Road,  

Kensington (North-West corner of Campus). View campus map

Parking: Turn right after entering from Gate 2 (High Street) for metered visitor parking.


  • The launch of the nation’s largest national cancer genomics initiative, PrOSPeCT* will give Australians battling incurable or advanced cancers, including ovarian, pancreatic and sarcomas access to the latest ‘cancer fighting’ advances, including personalised or ‘precision’ medicine.
  • Over the next two years, 23,000 Australians, facing the fight of their lives, will have free access to genomic profiling (DNA testing of their cancer), clinical review of these results by an expert team and matching to the best advanced precision treatments available locally, including early clinical trials of new medicines.
  • PrOSPeCT is being funded by public and private investment totalling $185M, including grant funding of $61.2M from the Australian Federal Government and $25M from the NSW Government, and a commercial collaboration involving genomics pioneer Omico, the National Computational Infrastructure at Australian National University, Children’s Cancer Institute and Roche Australia.

 * Prospect stands for ‘Precision Oncology Screening Platform Enabling Clinical Trials’ 



  • Professor David Thomas, Founder and CEO, Omico 
  • Dr Mandy Ballinger, Head of Cohorts, Omico
  • Christine Cockburn, General Manager, Rare Cancers Australia 
  • The Hon Emma McBride MP
  • The Hon Ryan Park MP


Australians accessing genomic screening and precision cancer treatments will also be at the event.



Contact details:

Please contact Anne-Marie Sparrow on 0417 421 560 or Nicole Birch 0423 916 330 at Cube for further information. 

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