100,000 Genomes at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo 2015


More than 5,000 people attended the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo at Manchester Central. Delegates from industry, healthcare, local government and voluntary sectors attended two days of workshops, exhibition zones and presentations from inspirational figures working in health care innovation.

The Public Programmes team supported the Manchester Genomic Medicine Centre (MCGM) and Genomics England with the 100,000 Genomes Project stand. This aimed to highlight the patient journey through the project from providing consent to data interpretation and clinical feedback.


The aim of the project is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Patients may be offered a diagnosis where there wasn’t one before. In time, there is the potential of new and more effective treatments.

The project will sequence 100,000 genomes from around 70,000 people. Participants are NHS patients with a rare disease, plus their families, and patients with cancer.

Genomics England

DNA extraction stand at NHS Expo 2015

What we did

The team worked with over 140 visitors to the stand, helping them extract and visualise their own DNA.

Visitors can also follow the entire ‘journey’ each participant in the Project makes – from giving their consent to take part, to having their whole genome sequenced and the crucial annotation and interpretation of that data which leads to the feedback they eventually receive from their clinician.

Professor Bill Newman, who is leading on the 100,000 Genomes Project at the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine (MCGM) said:

Saint Mary’s Hospital and The University of Manchester are delighted, in collaboration with other colleagues in Greater Manchester, to play a leading part in the 100,000 Genomes Project and the opportunity it presents to bring the latest genomic medicine to patients in our area.

Our stand at NHS Expo is just one part of our strategy developed by the Public Programmes Team at Central Manchester University Hospitals to engage the public with genomic science, and will show how we do that. People will be able to extract their own DNA from their cells – a fascinating process.


The stand was a great success and welcomed several VIPs to the stand. Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman, Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England, and Dame Una O’Brien, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health all stopped by to learn more about the project.