#146 Jo Bhakdi on Whole Exome Sequencing

04.16.2021 - By DNA Today: A Genetics Podcast

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Our guest on this episode is Jo Bhakdi, the founder and CEO of Quantgene. His work in machine learning, sequencing technology, and DNA extraction procedures defines the cutting edge of genomic diagnostics, early disease detection, and precision medicine.

Prior to Quantgene, Jo founded i2X, an investment framework that composes low-risk Venture Capital portfolios across large numbers of technology startups. The i2X platform laid important foundations for advanced analytics in both financial and biotechnology applications, such as the Quantgene machine learning platform.

Bhakdi holds a Masters in Economics and Psychology from Tubingen University, one of Germany’s leading academic institutions, with a focus on financial theory and statistics. He kicked off his career at WPP and Omnicom, where he held Strategy and Executive Director positions.

On This Episode We Discuss:
Overview of whole exome sequencing (WES)
Technology for WES
Whole exome sequencing (WES) vs whole genome sequencing (WGS) vs gene panels
When to order WES
Disorders diagnosed through WES
Turn around time for WES results
US insurance coverage and cost of WES
Limitations of WES
Future of WES, possibly replacing newborn screening or whole genome sequencing

Learn more about whole exome sequencing here. You can check out Quantgene through their website.

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