Personalized Medicine Forum Coming Your Way In April

Coming soon to a venue near you – an event that takes medicine personally. 

The Personalized Medicine: Research and Adoption forum will be held April 9 at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park. It’s hosted by the North Carolina Precision Health Collaborative (NCPHC) and the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC). Sponsors include two prominent North Carolina life science companies, LabCorp and Inivata.

Personalized medicine considers genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors in addressing the individual needs of patients. This forum will look at how personalized medicine will influence healthcare in the future. It’s a theme that’s familiar to the host organizations, both of which champion more-personalized ways to treat and prevent illness.

“NCPHC and North Carolina’s growing life science ecosystem have made tremendous progress in advancing personalized medicine, and we’re pleased to host this important forum with NCPHC,” said Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., president of PMC.  “It will provide an opportunity to explore how biomedical research and new clinical practices enable health systems to individualize treatments for the maximum benefit of patients.”

PMC -- an international educational and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. -- works with health systems, lawmakers and government agencies to:

  • Promote policies that support personalized medicine and its related products;
  • Advance reforms that lead to a friendlier regulatory and reimbursement environment for personalized medicine; and
  • Encourage physicians to integrate personalized medicine in clinical settings.

PMC, along with its more than 230 members, also advocates for public and private investment in the field and develops evidence to demonstrate personalized medicine’s clinical and economic value.

The missions of PMC and NCPHC are closely aligned. NCPHC hopes to improve health outcomes though a more-personalized approach to public health that:

  • Supports research collaborations;
  • Engages healthcare providers and industry; and
  • Encourages all North Carolinians to get more involved in managing their health.

“We’re witnessing a dramatic change in the way medicine is practiced,” said Sara Imhof, Ph.D., NCPHC’s senior director of precision health. “We want to leverage North Carolina’s strengths and the critical role PMC plays in precision medicine to advance the field, locally and nationally.”


To learn more about the future of personalized medicine and what it means to you, sign up for the forum.

Bryant Haskins, NCBiotech Writer
Thu, 03/07/2019 - 16:25