White House Announces Precision Medicine Initiative

President Obama today announced a new government initiative to fund research into precision medicine, which tailors treatment to individual patients based on their genes and other factors. With a $215 million budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the program will recruit one  million American volunteers to serve as members of a research cohort. The White House indicates that research data will be broadly accessible to qualified researchers and that patient privacy will be rigorously protected.

The plan includes regulatory modernization in which the FDA will develop a new approach to evaluating Next Generation DNA Sequencing technologies to support innovation as well as reliability of information from genetic analyses.

More details are available in a White House Fact Sheet and New York Times article accessible here.