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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Moving the new Personalized Medicine to the Clinic

I am on the Advisory Board for a conference to be held 13-14 May in San Francisco on Personalized Medicine from the perspectives of regulators, biotech and pharma interest, health service funders and patient users of new and emerging technologies in this area.

Trusted doctor-patient relationships form a long recognized key underpinning basis for ensuring as effective as possible disease prevention and treatment. That relationship needs to be supported by a strong evidence base on clinical and cost-effectiveness and safety in use of medicines and supporting diagnostics and devices.

Thanks to economies arising from progress in gene technology (Moore's Law applied to medicine) and advances for exponential increase in active partners in this field (Metcalfe's Law applied to medicine), costs of genetic, genomic and other technologies to stratify diagnosis and treatment choice are becoming increasingly affordable in clinical practice.

The Summit is a one-day conference that will gather biotechnology and pharmaceutical experts and healthcare stakeholders as keynote speakers and panel discussants on legal, regulatory, funding and other key issues that will promote research and development, growth and effectiveness  in the short to medium term horizon for emergence of personalized medicine for clinical care.

The summit is co-hosted by the Personalized Medicine Coalition and Foley & Lardner LLP and is supported by major academic, clinical and industry patrons Life Technologies, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.

See the Personalized Medicine Summit website for more on the conference and how to register.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in the international journal Health Policy and Technology.

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