American Association for Cancer Research Project Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange: From Inception to First Data Release and Beyond-Lessons Learned and Member Institutions' Perspectives

JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2018 Dec:2:1-14. doi: 10.1200/CCI.17.00083.


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Project Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange (GENIE) is an international data-sharing consortium focused on enabling advances in precision oncology through the gathering and sharing of tumor genetic sequencing data linked with clinical data. The project's history, operational structure, lessons learned, and institutional perspectives on participation in the data-sharing consortium are reviewed. Individuals involved with the inception and execution of AACR Project GENIE from each member institution described their experiences and lessons learned. The consortium was conceived in January 2014 and publicly released its first data set in January 2017, which consisted of 18,804 samples from 18,324 patients contributed by the eight founding institutions. Commitment and contributions from many individuals at AACR and the member institutions were crucial to the consortium's success. These individuals filled leadership, project management, informatics, data curation, contracts, ethics, and security roles. Many lessons were learned during the first 3 years of the consortium, including on how to gather, harmonize, and share data; how to make decisions and foster collaboration; and how to set the stage for continued participation and expansion of the consortium. We hope that the lessons shared here will assist new GENIE members as well as others who embark on the journey of forming a genomic data-sharing consortium.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Genomics / methods*
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Precision Medicine
  • Societies, Medical
  • United States