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Precision medicine: ‘I hope I can’t imagine it’


Gianrico Farrugia, CEO of Mayo Clinic in Florida,  discussed the future of precision medicine at the Individualizing Medicine Conference, in Minnesota.

Mr. Farrugia listed these five things as most worth watching in precision medicine:

  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Liquid biopsy
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Microbiome

He noted that President  Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative got enough attention to enroll one million necessary clinical-trial participants. “We don’t need to pitch it very hard. We’ve never had an undersubscription of trials in this space. We don’t need to sell something here.”

He said that  patient engagement and data privacy are  keys  to pushing precision medicine to a more scalable level.

He had a good line about the future of precision medicine.

“I hope I can’t imagine it. If I can imagine it, it won’t be that exciting.”

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