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BioProcessing Solutions Alliance Wins Million Veteran Program Genotyping Contract
Date:11/5/2013

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Nov. 5, 2013 PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a five-year contract for genotyping in support of its Million Veteran Program to the BioProcessing Solutions Alliance, which is a unique partnership between a research center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and a corporate provider of sample management solutions for the bioscience industry.

Officials of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, the world's largest university-based biorepository, and BioStorage Technologies, a global corporation providing comprehensive sample management solutions for the bioscience industry, made the announcement today (Nov. 5).

The contract between the VA's Million Veteran Program and the BioProcessing Solutions Alliance provides $7.5 million for year one, with the balance to be determined. It calls for quality control and analysis of 100,000 DNA samples from U.S. military veterans, who have volunteered to participate, from around the country. The Million Veteran Program's purpose is "to better understand how genes affect health and illness in order to improve health care for Veterans," the VA says. The program will construct an extensive database of genetic, military exposure, lifestyle, and health information. Read more here.

Dr. Andrew Brooks, RUCDR's chief operating officer and associate professor of genetics, will serve as principal investigator for the contract.

"We're honored to have been chosen by the Department of Veterans Affairs to perform this critical work on such a valuable research initiative focused on leveraging science to support the health and welfare of the brave men and women who defend our country," Brooks said. "This was the first government opportunity sought by our allia
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