What is Precision Medicine?

What is Precision Medicine?

New Medicine Parters Founder Professor Richard Barker talks about his vision for the future of precision medicine and the challenge of turning huge research projects into routine medical practice. Professor Barker is the author of Bioscience - Lost in Translation?, which provides readers with a global context to problem of effective translation of biomedical research into health system improvements.

Bioscience: Lost in Translation? (book excerpt)

Bioscience: Lost in Translation? (book excerpt)

At the heart of this book is a mystery. Our everyday experience is of accelerating innovation in many areas that touch our lives. In information technology (IT) and services, we live in an exponential age. But in the area of perhaps our greatest interest—our health—innovation seems stubbornly slow. Before we dive into the mystery further, let us step back and ask some basic questions. What is true innovation? And are we really living in an innovative society?

Advanced Therapeutics and Chronic Disease Management

Advanced Therapeutics and Chronic Disease Management

A new wave of therapies are emerging. These technologies don’t simply mask symptoms and provide palliative care, but leverage our own biology to target interventions and even cure the previously incurable. ‘Advanced Therapies’ include gene therapies, stem cell therapies and tissue engineered products. These technologies have the capability to target fundamental disease mechanisms, ultimately extending healthy lifespan; in 2030 you might be opting for genetic ‘surgery’, or cellular ‘medicine’ as opposed to popping a pill.

On Healthy Lifespan

On Healthy Lifespan

Human longevity is now the subject of numerous scientific papers, magazine articles, international conferences, technology fairs, and earnest seminars among finance executives. There seems no consensus on whether it is a ‘good thing’ since some of the consequences of greater population aging are clearly problematic – for example greater dependency ratios: greater imbalance between those requiring support from the state and those contributing to it.

Bioscience-Lost in Translation?

Bioscience-Lost in Translation?

Precision Medicine holds the key to health system transformation. Professor Richard Barker's latest book - Bioscience-Lost in Translation? - highlights the global problem of the ineffective translation of bioscience innovation into health system improvements and its consequences, analyses the underlying causative factors and provides powerful prescriptions for change to close the gap. It contrasts the progress in biomedicine with other areas of scientific and technological endeavour, such as information technology, in which there are faster and more reliable returns for society.