Watch Jo Handelsman, Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, explain the Precision Medicine Initiative and its significance.
The President's 2016 budget includes investments in an emerging field of medicine that takes into account individual differences in people's genes, microbiomes, environments, and lifestyles -- making possible more effective, targeted treatments for diseases like cancer and diabetes. That's incredibly significant, and this is why:
But one size doesn't fit all, and treatments that are very successful for some patients don't work for others. Think about it:
Precision Medicine is already leading to a handful of highly effective treatments tailored to individual patients. Here are a few Americans whose lives have already been changed by these treatments.
Take a look:
And that's exactly what the President's budget invests in.
To push this effort forward, we’ll need all hands on deck, including patients, hospitals, industry, philanthropies, researchers, privacy experts, and others. Learn more about this exciting initiative here.