“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” – Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC)
Almost 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates captured one of the key principles underlying precision medicine. In the 21st century, we take an understanding of the individual characteristics of a person to a new level. By leveraging information about an individual’s genome, we are able to increase the effectiveness of medical treatments. The goal is to have more successful outcomes by providing targeted therapies.
The cost of sequencing a genome has dramatically dropped since the first draft of the human genome sequence was published in 2001. This is a key enabler. It is now very much in reach for a wide range of patients to receive a gene panel analysis or even a whole exome/genome analysis. But there is more that is required. Through a collaborative effort between clinicians, pharma companies, scientists, and regulatory agencies, we are working on a new framework for standard care globally. This eBook will discuss the components that will facilitate the power of precision medicine.
This eBook will cover:
- Development of more and better-targeted therapies
- Overcoming regulatory hurdles
- The willingness of patients and healthcare professionals to adopt these new diagnostic and treatment options
- Onboarding payors to adequately cover costs for genetic tests and targeted therapies
- Advancements in bioinformatics
Dr. Andreas Scherer is CEO of Golden Helix. The company has been delivering industry leading bioinformatics solutions for the advancement of life science research and translational medicine for over two decades. Its innovative technologies and analytic services empower clinicians and scientists at all levels to derive meaning from the rapidly increasing volumes of genomic data produced from next-generation sequencing and micro-arrays. With its solutions, hundreds of the world’s hospitals, testing labs, academic research organizations and governments are able to harness the full potential of genomics to identify the cause of disease, develop genomic diagnostics, and advance the quest for personalized medicine. Golden Helix products and services have been cited in thousands of peer-reviewed publications.
He is also Managing Partner of Salto Partners, a management consulting firm headquartered in the DC metro area. He has extensive experience successfully managing growth as well as orchestrating complex turnaround situations.
Dr. Scherer holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Hagen, Germany, and a Master of Computer Science from the University of Dortmund, Germany. He is author and co- author of over 20 international publications and has written books on project management, the Internet, and artificial intelligence. His latest book, “Be Fast Or Be Gone”, is a prizewinner in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition, and has been named a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards!