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Welcome to Personalized Medicine: Impacting Healthcare
By Raju Kucherlapati
At this morning’s opening session of the Sixth Annual Personalized Medicine Conference, I welcomed conference participants with a quote from Charles Dickens to describe the current environment in personalized medicine:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness….”
There are many that believe we are experiencing the “best of times” in personalized medicine as the field has experienced continued growth and is being implemented in clinical practice. There are others who believe personalized medicine has over-promised and under-delivered. Certainly the theme of this year’s event, Personalized Medicine: Impacting Healthcare, will explore the progress that has been made in the past six years since the conference first began. The representation at this year’s event from across stakeholders in the biopharmaceutical industry, commercial entities, research and academia, and policymakers are a reflection of the groundswell taking place to make personalized medicine a reality.
Nevertheless, to demonstrate the lively debate on the issue, I asked those attending the conference to share their opinion on whether the field of personalized medicine is achieveing its mission, and via an audience response system, received the following feedback:
» 26.4% believe personalized medicine is being achieved at a satisfactory rate
» 67% believe personalized medicine is being achieved too slowly
» 6.6% had no opinion