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Bioincubator

 

Netex Life Sciences offers a dynamic and stimulating environment for entrepreneurs and young innovative companies developing their activities in the Life Sciences sector. Netex Life Sciences is centrally located in the Yonge & Eglinton area of Toronto, Ontario with close proximity to an extensive knowledge base which includes MaRS Discovery District, University of Toronto and University Health Network. In addition to scientific and computational support, Netex Life Sciences provides young entrepreneurs and start-up companies with professional business support including finding funding to grow your business.

 

The driving force that makes Netex Life Sciences stand alone atop the life sciences field is the varied wealth of experience and knowledge that our technology team has amassed and has available to them. Led and directed by Fuad Gwadry, our team has over 15 years of research and experience in bioinformatics and related areas.

 

Fuad Gwadry, Netex Life Sciences V.P. of Technology, has over 15 years of experience in bioinformatics. Mr. Gwadry recently worked at the Montreal Heart Institute Pharmacogenomics Centre in Montreal, QC where he headed the development of their NGS pipeline for Illumina HiSeq. The institute analyzed HapMap CEU female NA12878 sequencing data generated internally using different alignment variant-calling pipelines. These pipelines were then assessed using a highly confident reference calls provided by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Genome in a Bottle consortium for NA12878.

 

Prior to this project, Fuad worked on the development, implementation and analysis of NGS, and other platform, data for molecular diagnostics applications and biomarker discovery for a number of clients. For example, he was a Bioinformatics Analyst Consultant at the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine in San Diego, CA where he assisted in the development of a QC and analysis pipeline for their sequencing based (Illumina HiSeq) Trisomy 21 test.

 

He also worked as a Project Management Consultant for Strand Scientific Intelligence Inc. in San Francisco, CA where Fuad assisted in gathering engineering requirements for the GeneSpring NGS analysis module. This included analysis of NGS data resulting from applications of the Agilent SureSelect Target Enrichment System.

 

With regards to cancer genomics experience, he was a fellow for two years at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) within the Genomics and Bioinformatics Group of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD headed by Dr. John Weinstein (http://discover.nci.nih.gov). Fuad developed algorithms for data analysis, pattern visualization, and literature searching for genomic, proteomic, and tissue array data. Two key publications resulted; Cancer Res. 2002 Mar 15;62(6):1688-95 and Cancer Res. 2003 Sep 1;63(17):5243-50