We are a non-profit foundation call the Genome Foundation India. The foundation is an Indian non-profit organisation set up with the aim of diagnosing and counselling for genetic disorders affecting the Indian population, in particular, the under privileged residing in rural India. The Foundation has on its board of Directors renowned individuals like Dr C Rangarajan (Economist, Former Chairman, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory council, New Delhi), Dr P M Bhargava (Scientist, Former and Founder Director, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad) and Dr Lalji Singh (Scientist, Former Vice Chancellor of the Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi and Former Director, CCMB, Hyderabad). The Board of Advisors include Prof. M.S. Swaminathan (Chairman, M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai),) Dr K Kasturirangan (Former Chairman, ISRO), Dr R.A. Mashelkar ( Former DG,CSIR), Dr. P. Rama Rao (Former Secretary, DST & Former Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad), Dr. M.K.Bhan (Former Secretary,DBT), Prof.N. Ganguly (Former DG, ICMR ), and Dr. Karkala Subba Rao (Former Director,NIMS)
The problem of genetic disorders in India is enormous. Millions suffer from inherited genetic diseases and the one-sixth of the world’s population living in India has never been systematically studied for the prevalence of these diseases. The fact that most of the genetic disorders found in rural India are novel in nature and have not been recorded till date, makes the task of diagnosing these disorders challenging. The Genome Foundation strives to meet the urgent need to take authentic and affordable genetic diagnostic services to the rural population in the country. We believe the foundations efforts will have a significant impact on life sciences and improve the human condition of millions.