Precision Medicine

Almost 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates captured one of the key principles underlying precision medicine. In the 21st century we take the 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. Now, it is 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 on a global basis.

This eBook will cover:

  • Tailoring diagnostic and therapeutic strategies
  • Regulatory issues
  • Adoption by patients and health care professionals
  • The educational challenge
  • Bioinformatics pipeline and system infrastructure



About the Author
About the Author

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 a decade. Its innovative technologies and analytic services empower scientists and healthcare professionals at all levels to derive meaning from the rapidly increasing volumes of genomic data produced from microarrays and next-generation sequencing. With its solutions, hundreds of the world’s top pharmaceutical, biotech and academic research organizations are able to harness the full potential of genomics to identify the cause of disease, improve the efficacy and safety of drugs, develop genomic diagnostics and advance the quest for personalized medicine. Golden Helix products and services have been cited in over 1100 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. His company, Salto Partners, advises on business strategy, financing, sales and operations. Clients are operating in the high tech and life sciences space.

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!