Editor’s note: Joe Magno is Executive Director, the North Carolina Center of Innovation Network, which is a partner with WRAL TechWire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – For those who doubt North Carolina’s prominence in the Global Precision Medicine Community, doubt no more!

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”

The 12th Annual Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), will be coming to North Carolina for the first time on May 24-25.

Prior PMWC conferences have been convened in the Silicon Valley, Israel, and the United Kingdom. PMWC 2017 Duke, which will be held at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, will bring multidisciplinary attendees from the international precision medicine community. The Conference will spotlight the explosion of biomedical technologies, driving initiatives that enable the translation of precision medicine into direct improvements in health care.

  • VIDEO: Watch an overview of the conference at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6YQ8FMEYiM

With over 400 attendees representing different types of companies, technologies, and medical centers with leadership roles in precision medicine this event is a symbol of our leadership in this rapidly growing field of medicine.

The list of speakers includes: Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health (NIH); Kathy Giusti, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF); Mark Levin, Third Rock Ventures; Keith R. Yamamoto, UCSF; Jack Bailey, GSK; Elaine Mardis, NCH; Amy Abernethy, Flatiron Health; Chris Boshoff, Pfizer Inc.; Chris Cournoyer, N-of-One; Lee Newcomer, United Health Care; Richard Klausner, GRAIL.

Topics on the agenda include: using data science to advance precision medicine, the importance of patient engagement, technology’s impact on genomics and medical practice, updates on data and regulatory policies, metabolomics in precision medicine, the emergence of single-cell genomics, monitoring infectious disease, an update on the Personalized Medicine Initiative, mobile health’s role in changing healthcare, liquid biopsy, the microbiome, and much more.

In recognition of the significance of this event to North Carolina’s growing reputation as a Global Center of Excellence Governor Cooper will be opening the Conference.

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