I thought that these six big developments in sequencing & genomic medicine from the past few weeks and their pertinence to Precision Medicine, would be of interest to you, as they were to me.

  1. Veritas is offering whole genome sequencing & interpretation for $199
  2. Invitae performed 75,000 billable tests in Q3, up 95% year-over-year
  3. Foundation Medicine partnering with Novartis over companion Dx in oncology
  4. BGI unveiled new sequencer
  5. Blue Cross Blue Shield partnering with Illumina to gain better understanding of PM trends
  6. Illumina announces PacBio acquisition, paying $1.2B*

“What it will mean for the market and customers is that by combining these two approaches and the data from these two companies we will give consumers a more perfect view of the genome. 
Francis de Souza, President & CEO, Illumina @PMWC in Santa Clara, January 22nd, 8:00AM

Genomic sequencing, the driver of modern genomic medicine has come a long way in a short time, and its potential to continue driving innovations in precision medicine is enormous.

PMWC 2019 Silicon Valley Jan. 20-23 in the Santa Clara Convention Center will focus on topics that are in the headlines and on everyone’s minds, in NGS and in precision medicine.

We have these key topics and key opinion leaders lined up for you:

NGS Topics:
• Fireside chat with Francis de Souza, President & CEO Illumina & Emily Leproust, CEO Twist Biosciences
• Advances & Future Perspectives in Single Cell Analysis – Hanlee Ji (Stanford)
• Data Curation, Integration and Visualization – chaired by Brady Davis (DNAnexus)
• Hurdles of Making Clinical Sequencing a Reality – Jennifer Malin (UnitedHealthcare)
• Computational Genomics Challenges – Carlos Bustamante (Stanford University)

450 SPEAKER PROGRAM

• Deploying NGS in Different Therapeutics Applications – Catherine Brownstein (Boston Children Hospital)
• Deploying NGS-based CDx Applications – chaired by Jeffrey Edward Miller (Invivoscribe)
• Hidden Challenges of Privacy and Ethics in NGS – David Magnus (Stanford)
• Advanced Sequencing Technologies – chaired by Stephane Budel (DeciBio)
• Ethical Implications of Using Whole Exome Sequencing in Prenatal and Young Children – Barbara Koenig (UCSF)

“The most important component is the evolution of genetic analysis from its roots in diagnostic services, to the routine use of genomic information both diagnostically and prognostically at the point-of-care, mainly by general practitioners (and their patients / clients), which is where most of the value will be realized.” 
John Mattick, Executive Director Genomics England @PMWC in Santa Clara, January 23rd, 8:00AM – (Interview).

Genomic Medicine Topics:
• Fireside chat with John Mattick, CEO Genomics England & Aleksandar Rajkovic (UCSF Health)
• Population-Based Biobanking – chaired by Daniella Beller (Maccabi Healthcare Services)
• Next in Personalized Medicine: Cancer-Phenotyping – chaired by Hartmut Juhl (Indivumed)
• Emerging Applications in Genomic Medicine – chaired by Allison Balmer (Agilent Technologies)
• Genome Medicine for Healthy People – chaired by Amir Dan Rubin (One Medical)
• DNA Testing for Cancer Screening – chaired by Adam Lowe (Chrysalis Biomedical Advisors)
• Precision Medicine and Public Health – chaired by India Hook-Barnard (UCSF)
• Genomics at Scale in the Clinical Setting – chaired by Jonathan Sheffi (Google Cloud)
• Ensuring Access to Genetic Counseling – chaired by Kaylene Ready (Counsyl)
• Proactive Genetic Testing for Mainstream Medical Practice – chaired by Robin Respaut (Reuters News)

Various Showcase* Topics:
• Clinical Dx
• Clinical & Research Tools
• Genomic Profiling
• Liquid Biopsy
• Microbial Profiling
• Precision Oncology Applications and Utility at Cancer Centers

*Companies, healthcare providers, and researchers showcase novel products or services, late-breaking research data, or innovative projects

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Kindly let me know any thoughts you have on the recent headlines or our updated program! I hope you’ll register today to take advantage of the special rates.

Best Regards and have a Happy Thanksgiving,

Tal Behar
650-961-8877
PMWC President & Co-Founder

Interview with Ken Bloom of Ambry Genetics

Q: Tell us more about your organization/company. What patient population are you serving and which services are you specializing in?

A: Ambry Genetics is a recognized leader in high quality complex genetic testing. We seek to find the genomic cause or contributors to rare diseases, abnormal phenotypes and hereditary disorders.

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Interview with Lee Pierce of Sirius Computer Solutions

Q: What is the state of big data and analytics in healthcare, and how to best use the reams of data available?

A: More than ever, Healthcare organizations are achieving measurable value through use of their data and analytics assets. There is more raw material available than ever to create value. This raw material is the data flowing from internal systems and applications and also from devices and systems external to healthcare organizations.

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Interview with Anita Nelsen of PAREXEL

Q: There are various new, emerging technologies that bring us closer towards a cure for life-threatening disorders such as cancer, HIV, or Huntington’s disease. Prominent examples include the popular gene editing tool CRISPR or new and improved cell and gene therapies. By when can we expect these new technologies being part of routine clinical care?

A: Today’s emerging technologies are making the promise of individualized treatment a reality.

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Interview with Ilan Kirsch of Adaptive Biotechnologies

Q: The Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded recently to James Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their work on unleashing the body’s immune system to attack cancer, a breakthrough that has led to an entirely new class of drugs and brought lasting remissions to many patients who had run out of options. The Nobel committee hailed their accomplishments as establishing “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy.” What is your first-hand experience the impact that those new drugs had on patients?

A: For decades cancer was viewed as solely a cell-autonomous condition.

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Interview with Gini Deshpande of NuMedii

Q: What need is NuMedii addressing?

A: NuMedii, has been pioneering the use of Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and systems biology since 2010 to accelerate the discovery of precision therapies to address high unmet medical needs. Artificial Intelligence approaches are a natural fit to harness Big Data as they provide a framework to ‘train’ computers to recognize patterns and sift through vast amounts of new and existing genomic

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Interview with Minnie Sarwal of UCSF

Q: Genomic medicine is entering more hospitals and bringing with it non-invasive technology that can be used to better target and treat diseases. What are some key milestones that contributed to this trend?

A: Completion of complete sequence data from the human genome project, and the advances in proteomic, microRNA and epigenetic assays added a layer of pathway biology to the understanding of human diseases.

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Interview with Shidong Jia of Predicine

Q: Once sequencing has been validated as a clinical solution via trusted workflows, and coinciding with the technological developments driving costs lower, we can expect accelerated human genome profiling for clinical Dx. How soon, do you think, will we see accelerated growth and what can we expect?

A: We will see accelerated human genome profiling for clinical Dx in 2019 and the coming years as more biomarker-based cancer drugs are gaining approval.

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Interview with Iya Khalil of GNS Healthcare

Q: Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques have sent vast waves across healthcare, even fueling an active discussion of whether AI doctors will eventually replace human physicians in the future. Do you believe that human physicians will be replaced by machines in the foreseeable future? What are your thoughts?

A: I think that there’s a lot of speculation and uncertainty around AI, but I don’t foresee a time when we won’t need physicians.

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Interview with Ilya Michael Rachman of Immix Biopharma Inc.

Q: The Nobel Price in Medicine was awarded recently to James Allison and Tasuku for their work on unleashing the body’s immune system to attack cancer, a breakthrough that has led to an entirely new class of drugs and brought lasting remissions to many patients who had run out of options. The Nobel committee hailed their accomplishments as establishing “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy.” Besides CAR T-cell therapy what do you think next generation immunotherapies will look like to successfully combat cancer?

A: The next generation of immunotherapies will build on the insights discovered by immunologists like James Allison and Tasuku Honjo and extend them to modify the body’s response to tumors.

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My team worked in collaboration with Bill Dalton, Kim Blackwell, Atul Butte / India Hook Barnard, Nancy Davidson and Sharon Terry to create a program that touches every component of precision medicine while bringing together all of its key stakeholders. Leading participating institutions including Stanford Health Care, UCSF, Duke Health, Duke University, John Hopkins University, University of Michigan and more will share their learnings and experiences and their successes and challenges, as they make precision medicine the new standard of care for all.

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Interview with Dominic Eisinger of Myriad RBM

Q: The Nobel Price in Medicine was awarded recently to James Allison and Tasuku for their work on unleashing the body’s immune system to attack cancer, a breakthrough that has led to an entirely new class of drugs and brought lasting remissions to many patients who had run out of options. The Nobel committee hailed their accomplishments as establishing “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy.” Besides CAR T-cell therapy what do you think next generation immunotherapies will look like to successfully combat cancer?

A: Next generation immunotherapies include CAR-Ts, TCRs, cancer vaccines, ADCs, bi-specific antibodies, and checkpoint inhibitors.

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Interview with Lisa Alderson of Genome Medical

Q: Tell us a little bit about Genome Medical. What market need is Genome Medical addressing and how?

A: Genome Medical is a telegenomics company that is bridging the gap between available, genetic expertise and the clinical application of genomics.

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Interview with Nasir Bhanpuri of Virta Health

Q: What need is Virta Health addressing?

A: Virta Health delivers an evidence-based treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without the use of medications or surgery. In the U.S. alone, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes affects 115 million people, and the economic burden is well-over $300 billion and growing.

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The Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), in its 17th installment, will take place in the Santa Clara Convention Center (Silicon Valley) on January 21-24, 2020. The program will traverse innovative technologies, thriving initiatives, and clinical case studies that enable the translation of precision medicine into direct improvements in health care. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest developments and advancements in precision medicine and cutting-edge new strategies and solutions that are changing how patients are treated.

See 2019 Agenda highlights:

  • Five tracks will showcase sessions on the latest advancements in precision medicine which include, but are not limited to:
    • AI & Data Science Showcase
    • Clinical & Research Tools Showcase
    • Clinical Dx Showcase
    • Creating Clinical Value with Liquid Biopsy ctDNA, etc.
    • Digital Health/Health and Wellness
    • Digital Phenotyping
    • Diversity in Precision Medicine
    • Drug Development (PPPs)
    • Early Days of Life Sequencing
    • Emerging Technologies in PM
    • Emerging Therapeutic Showcase
    • FDA Efforts to Accelerate PM
    • Gene Editing
    • Genomic Profiling Showcase
    • Immunotherapy Sessions & Showcase
    • Implementation into Health Care Delivery
    • Large Scale Bio-data Resources to Support Drug Development (PPPs)
    • Microbial Profiling Showcase
    • Microbiome
    • Neoantigens
    • Next-Gen. Workforce of PM
    • Non-Clinical Services Showcase
    • Pharmacogenomics
    • Point-of Care Dx Platform
    • Precision Public Health
    • Rare Disease Diagnosis
    • Resilience
    • Robust Clinical Decision Support Tools
    • Wellness and Aging Showcase

See 2019 Agenda highlights:

    • Five tracks will showcase sessions on the latest advancements in precision medicine which include, but are not limited to:
      • AI & Data Science Showcase
      • Clinical & Research Tools Showcase
      • Clinical Dx Showcase
      • Creating Clinical Value with Liquid Biopsy ctDNA, etc.
      • Digital Health/Health and Wellness
      • Digital Phenotyping
      • Diversity in Precision Medicine
      • Drug Development (PPPs)
      • Early Days of Life Sequencing
      • Emerging Technologies in PM
      • Emerging Therapeutic Showcase
      • FDA Efforts to Accelerate PM
      • Gene Editing / CRISPR
      • Genomic Profiling Showcase
      • Immunotherapy Sessions & Showcase
      • Implementation into Health Care Delivery
      • Large Scale Bio-data Resources to Support Drug Development (PPPs)
      • Microbial Profiling Showcase
      • Microbiome
      • Neoantigens
      • Next-Gen. Workforce of PM
      • Non-Clinical Services Showcase
      • Pharmacogenomics
      • Point-of Care Dx Platform
      • Precision Public Health
      • Rare Disease Diagnosis
      • Resilience
      • Robust Clinical Decision Support Tools
      • Wellness and Aging Showcase
  • Luminary and Pioneer Awards, honoring individuals who contributed, and continue to contribute, to the field of Precision Medicine
  • 2000+ multidisciplinary attendees, from across the entire spectrum of healthcare, representing different types of companies, technologies, and medical centers with leadership roles in precision medicine
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