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Precision diagnosis institute joins Phoenix Children’s Hospital

PHOENIX — Phoenix Children’s Hospital is now home to a precision diagnostic and treatment institute.

The Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medical Institute uses state-of-the-art genomic technology to give precision diagnoses and treatments for kids with cancer and other illnesses.

“Soon you will hear that we will go after all inherited diseases, including Parkinson’s, ALS and Crohn’s disease,” Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of the institute, said.

PCH President and CEO Robert Meyer said the goal is to bring genomics research to the forefront of pediatrics.

“We have a very large pediatric oncology program,” he said. “We’re going to be able to treat children from all over Arizona immediately.”

Meyer said the hospital has invested at least $15 million to bring in the institute, expected to greatly benefit Phoenix.

“It’ll do that by creating jobs, by creating a national reputation, and, more importantly, we’re going to cure kids,” he said.

Meyer said the institute will have a staff of over 200 people, including 70 that are already working at PCH. The hospital plans to hire more than 130 more.