Singapore – August 29, 2022 – Anuva (formerly known as Global Gene Corp) enters into its next stage of growth focused on creating the most diverse Genomic Bio / Data Bank at scale. To enable this, Anuva is entering into a global strategic partnership with Helix, the leading population genomics and viral surveillance company in the United States.

Anuva will be generating new knowledge on health and disease, directly applicable to treatments, on diverse under-represented populations to advance drug discovery through the identification of novel targets and pathways with the ultimate goal of providing better health for all.

Anuva’s partnership with Helix will allow the company to leverage Helix’s deep expertise in sequencing technology and translational research. Helix’s proprietary Exome+® assay will provide Anuva higher coverage on clinically relevant genes and a whole genome backbone enabling tens of millions of imputed variants as well as the full mitochondrial genome. Combined with Anuva’s proprietary Genomic Bio / Data Bank, which incorporates genomic data and deeply phenotyped participants, along with a biorepository from diverse Asian subpopulations, Anuva will be able to create the largest multi-population dataset from Asia.

Abhishek Kumar, Director at Anuva said “We are excited to partner with Helix as their expertise in genomics sequencing for large-scale populations, which together with our recent closure of series A funding will allow us to accelerate our plans to create the most diverse Genomic Bio / Data Bank much quicker than ever before.”

“Anuva is doing great work to close the critical data diversity gap in genomics for drug discovery,” said Daniel Lee, Senior Vice President of Life Sciences and Growth at Helix. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide Anuva access to our whole exome assay as they enter their next stage of growth.”

Rapid development in technology to study genomics is disrupting the entire healthcare sector as focus turns to providing personalized healthcare with a high degree of effectiveness compared to the current methods. As technology evolves, business models and industry partnerships will need to adapt to bring the full potential of genomics to the global population. Anuva’s partnership with Helix marks a significant step in that direction. Anuva’s creation of this previously unavailable dataset will empower drug discovery researchers to explore human health to a greater extent than ever done before. This new understanding will enable the discovery of novel biological targets and pathways that inform the development of treatments and also identify who would benefit most from them.

For further information, please contact:
Anuva: communications@anuva.bio
Helix: press@helix.com

About Anuva
Anuva is a translational research company that is creating the most diverse Genomic Bio/Data Bank of Asian Populations, which is being utilized for research & development within the pharma industry. In addition, our cohorts and biorepository allows for follow-on clinical and translational studies, which greatly empower drug development opportunities.

About Helix
Helix is the leading population genomics and viral surveillance company. Helix enables health systems, public health organizations and life sciences companies to accelerate the integration of genomic data into patient care and public health decision making. Learn more at www.helix.com.

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Dr. Jonathan Picker Chief Executive Office

Dr. Jonathan Picker is the Chief Executive Officer of Anuva. He is an affiliate faculty member and clinical geneticist at Boston's Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

With 25 years of experience in Pediatrics and Genetics, Dr. Picker specializes in the interface of clinical care and applied genetic and genomic research. Dr. Picker's research spans diagnostic tools in genetics to descriptive analysis of rare disorders to molecular neuroscience. He was the co-founder and Director of the first Pediatric Pharmacogenomic clinic in the USA; as well as Director of the Harvard Medical School Advanced Human Genetics Training Program Course.

Dr. Picker is the recipient of various prestigious awards, including the first Sidney R. Baer Jr. Prize for Mental health Research. He has authored numerous research papers involving informative cases, molecular biology, behavioral neuroscience, applied clinical genetic guidelines as well as invited reviews and chapters.

Dr. Picker holds a bachelor's degree of Medical Biology in Genetics, and an MBChB in Medicine from Aberdeen University, UK. He also holds an MS in Genetics and Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology from Newcastle University, UK.

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Kushagra SharmaPresident & Board Member

Kushagra Sharma is the President and a Board Member at Anuva. A seasoned business leader with a career spanning entrepreneurship as well as general management, Kushagra has deep expertise in developing and executing business plans in start-ups as well as large corporations. He is responsible for the revenue growth of the business, strategic planning, and partnerships at Anuva.

Before joining Anuva, he was responsible for the strategy and project execution in launching 4G digital services for Reliance Jio in India. Kushagra has previously served in leadership roles in companies like British Telecom, MTS Sistema Shyam, Grail Research and Evalueserve.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.

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Dr. Asmi ShahVice President of Data and Technology

Dr. Asmi Shah is the Vice President of Data and Technology at Anuva. She joined Anuva in its very initial years and has contributed significantly in shaping its products end to end along with other R&D platforms. She brings her data science expertise in dealing with big data, managing and standardizing multidisciplinary large scale biological datasets in the field of drug discovery through genomics and phenomics.

Before joining Anuva, she contributed to the research of drug discovery done with the use of high content/throughput screening on various zebrafish assays at University of Heidelberg in Germany and at Harvard Medical School, USA. She has also taken up various technical roles in product management and software R&D with different corporate industries such as Intel, Rambus and Inform Technologies in the USA and with data analytics startups in India.

Dr Shah holds a bachelor’s degree from Saurashtra University, India, an MS from San Jose State University, USA and has pursued her PhD from University of Heidelberg, Germany under a Marie Curie fellowship.

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Dr. Nick England Vice President of Bioinformatics

Dr Nick England is the Vice President of Bioinformatics at Anuva. He brings with him over 10 years of commercial bioinformatics experience. He is responsible for the development of bespoke bioinformatics software and pipelines to maximize biological insight from our data.

Before joining Anuva, he worked at Kymab where he developed the bioinformatics used in IntelliSelect for processing and visualizing antibodies from humanized mice, as well as implementing continuous integration and shifting computation to the cloud. This successful informatics platform is now also used by other companies such as LifeArc and Petmedix. He has previously worked on cheminformatics projects with Unilever and Novartis.

Dr England holds an MSci degree in Natural Sciences as well as a PhD in cheminformatics from the University of Cambridge.