Golden Helix’s VarSeq Software to be used at NorthShore University HealthSystem to Fuel Expansion

Bozeman, MT (January 13, 2015) — Today, Golden Helix, Inc. announced their collaboration with NorthShore University HealthSystem as NorthShore implements Golden Helix’s software into their gene panel pipeline.

“We look forward to leveraging Golden Helix’s software, especially VarSeq, in our clinical lab,” said Linda Sabatini, Director of Molecular Diagnostics at NorthShore. “We have an aggressive expansion plan for 2015 and VarSeq was the best choice for us.”

The NorthShore Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) lab focuses primarily in Oncology, both somatic mutations in a variety of tumor types as well as inherited cancer syndromes. The lab hopes to move forward with exome sequencing later in 2015.

“We are delighted to serve NorthShore,” said Andreas Scherer, President and CEO of Golden Helix. “VarSeq has received rave reviews since our release in October and this is one of many collaborations that we look forward to supporting in the coming year.”

VarSeq software streamlines the process of annotating and filtering variants obtained from next generation sequencing pipelines, allowing both research scientists and clinicians to find variants of interest in a very efficient and straightforward manner. VarSeq simplifies the user interface and provides a scalable architecture featuring repeatable workflows, note taking and reporting, and filter parameter prototyping.

About Golden Helix
Golden Helix has been delivering industry leading bioinformatics solutions for the advancement of life science research and translational medicine for over 16 years. Our innovative technologies and analytic services empower scientists and healthcare professionals at all levels to derive meaning from the rapidly increasing volumes of genomic data produced from micro-arrays and DNA sequencing. With our solutions, hundreds of the world's top pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic research organizations are able to harness the full potential of genomics to identify the cause of disease, improve the efficacy and safety of drugs, develop genomic diagnostics, and advance the quest for personalized medicine. Golden Helix products and services have been cited in over 800 peer-reviewed publications.

About NorthShore University HealthSystem
Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, NorthShore University HealthSystem is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie. NorthShore employs approximately 10,000 staff and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including a 900 physician, multispecialty group practice with some 100 office locations. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in clinical trials, medical informatics and genomics. The NorthShore Foundation is the organization’s primary philanthropic entity. The Foundation raises charitable contributions and engages volunteer friends in support of NorthShore’s ongoing mission to preserve and improve human life.

NorthShore has significant capabilities in a wide spectrum of clinical programs, including Kellogg Cancer Center, NorthShore Neurological Institute and NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute, as well as in cardiovascular care, high-risk maternity and pediatrics. NorthShore is a Magnet recognized organization, the first in Illinois designated as a system to receive this prestigious honor that demonstrates excellence in nursing. NorthShore is a national leader in the implementation of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records (EMR). In 2003, NorthShore was among the first in the country to successfully launch a system wide EMR with demonstrable benefits in quality, safety, efficiency and service to patients. NorthShore has been recognized by multiple national organizations for this notable achievement.

Cheryl Rogers
Director of Marketing
Golden Helix, Inc.