Transparency in genetic diagnostics

Published on June 15, 2017

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In this podcast, Samuel Myllykangas, CTO, Ph.D and Tero-Pekka Alastalo, MD, Ph.D will discuss next generation sequencing used in clinical diagnostics and currently existing challenges in quality and performance. The Podcast also describes the Blueprint Genetics solutions and strategies to enforce transparency and improve the quality of genetic testing.


Key learning objectives:

  • What are the challenges in today’s NGS diagnostics?
  • How do laboratories set their quality standards?
  • What are Blueprint Genetics solutions and strategies to enforce transparency and improve the quality of genetic testing?

Episode guests

Tero-Pekka Alastalo

Tero-Pekka Alastalo

Tero-Pekka is the Chief Medical Officer and President of Blueprint Genetics Inc. He is based in San Francisco and in charge of the operations in North America. He is also designing diagnostic panels, mutation databases and works with clinical evaluation of genetic data. Tero-Pekka is a co-founder of Blueprint Genetics. Tero-Pekka has a MD-PhD degree and is specialized in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology. Tero-Pekka has a PhD in molecular and cellular biology. In 2007 he continued his research at Stanford University, School of Medicine. During this 3-year postdoctoral training he focused on the molecular genetic mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases. He continued his cardiovascular research at the University of Helsinki as a principal investigator and the head of an academic research group.

Samuel Myllykangas

Samuel Myllykangas

Samuel is the Head of R&D and Operations at Blueprint Genetics. Samuel is an expert in genome analysis technologies and has wide experience in bioinformatics and cancer genomics research. Samuel received his PhD from the University of Helsinki and did his post-doctoral research in Stanford University where he developed high-throughput sequencing technologies, such as the Oligonucleotide-Selective Sequencing (OS-Seq™). He is an Adjunct Professor in Genetics (University of Helsinki), an author of several high-impact publications and an inventor in patents of DNA sequencing methods. Samuel is a co-founder of Blueprint Genetics.

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