The mission of Galatea Bio is to leverage world class ancestry algorithms and direct them to better understand underserved Latin American populations all while maintaining a strong commitment to ethical research. All our collaborators maintain updated HIPAA training, and we also work with WCG-IRB to provide strong and responsible bioethics to our research endeavors. We believe that doing this will help in at least two fundamental ways:
There are tremendous discoveries to be made from looking at large populations. This thesis has been supported by global biobanking efforts but so far these have focused primarily on northern European communities. We believe that expanding the diversity of the dataset can dramatically accelerate the discovery rate in the field of genomics
This pandemic has highlighted that we still have substantial gaps in health outcomes. If we continue along the path of focusing only on small reference populations the drive into personalized medicine can only exacerbate those outcomes. Our goal is to leverage diverse datasets to help narrow the gap in health outcomes for underrepresented minorities.Genetic studies in non-European cohorts could add important pieces in the missing heritability puzzle by uncovering novel genetic associations that occur more or less frequently in ethnic minority groups. Our goal is to learn from the unique genetic make-up of minorities and exploit this knowledge to develop drugs for the whole.
GB Health focuses on building a clinical lab able to deliver actionable results to our partners in the clinic and pharma.
GB Community is our foundational research offering in biobanking with the Biobank of the America as our flagship. This infrastructure can then be expanded to other communities with the focus on diversity as a central tenet.