Precision Medicine Under the Microscope

We are on the beat to find and report just what is happening now in Precision Medicine. Look for this on going report each month as we find articles, commentary, interviews, and events of interest on Precision Medicine. Read more posts on Precision Medicine and follow the hashtag #PrecisionMedicine.

The US National Library of Medicine says “although the term ‘precision medicine’ is relatively new, the concept has been a part of healthcare for many years. For example, a person who needs a blood transfusion is not given blood from a randomly selected donor; instead, the donor’s blood type is matched to the recipient to reduce the risk of complications. Although examples can be found in several areas of medicine, the role of precision medicine in day-to-day healthcare is relatively limited. Researchers hope that this approach will expand to many areas of health and healthcare in coming years.”

What is the difference between precision medicine and personalized medicine? What about pharmacogenomics?
According to the NIH US National Libarary of Medicine, National Research Council, there is a lot of overlap between the terms. Learn more.

Precision Medicine in Action

Precision Wellness Validates Performance of Predictive Risk Models to Power Precision Health
Precision Wellness, Inc. a Silicon Valley-based company at the intersection of next-generation AI, big data analytics and the latest medical science, announced the validation of its cardiometabolic disease (CMD) predictive risk engine. The study was performed as part of a sponsored research with Stanford University to evaluate 416,936 individuals from UK Biobank (UKBB) population data that were tracked longitudinally over six years.

Biomedical Software Startup BostonGene Secures $50M in Series A Financing from NEC
NEC Corporation (@NEC_corp) and BostonGene Corporation, a Boston, Mass-based biomedical software company, announced a US$50M series A strategic investment in BostonGene by NEC. BostonGene, a pioneer in the use of biomedical software for advanced patient analysis, has discovered, developed, and patented a holistic approach to cancer treatment by defining the optimal therapy combination for individual patients, with a particular focus on immuno- and targeted therapies.


Conversations on Health Care is a radio show about reform and innovation in the health care system. Each week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter interview a thought leader from the realm of health policy, health innovation, health technology and global health. On this episode, they speak with Dr. Norman Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. They discuss the accelerated pace of discovery in cancer research driven by genomics, big data analytics and personalized oncology. He also stresses the need to address fragmented pockets of research for more rapid deployment of treatment breakthroughs.

To Read

Orion HealthFuture-proofing Canada’s healthcare organizations for patient-centric care – Long wait times, lack of care coordination, medication errors and duplications – these are just a sample of the challenges facing our healthcare system. Today, the healthcare industry is still in the early stages of truly delivering on patient-centered care, a promise and vision that involves including patients in decision-making, treating patients with dignity, and proper integration of care.

DosisDosis Personalized and Digital Medicine Consumer Report – As the makers of an AI-powered personalized dosing platform, the team at Dosis believes in the benefits of personalized medicine. However, as we seek to drive a paradigm shift from today’s population-based dosing to a more personalized approach that determines patient’s unique response to medical treatments, we’ve found that consumer awareness of personalized medicine is lacking.


All of Us Research Program

Precision Medicine Initiative

The National Library of Medicine also tells us the “Precision Medicine Initiative is a long-term research endeavor, involving the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and multiple other research centers, which aims to understand how a person’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle can help determine the best approach to prevent or treat disease.” The Initiative has both short and long term goals.


The Journal of Precision Medicine (@JournPrecMed)
The world’s first print publication to discuss the many key global issues surrounding this rapidly evolving landscape. It does so by connecting both ends of the life science continuum – the compelling discoveries being realized in molecular research with the critical needs of the patient in the clinical setting.

The Personalized Medicine Coalition  (@permedcoalition)
PMC, representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers, promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services and products to benefit patients and the health system.