Precision Medicine Initiative

By Jonah Comstock 10:07 am December 13, 2016
Precision medicine was a major topic at the Connected Health Conference in National Harbor, Maryland this week. In a main stage panel yesterday moderated by NEHI President and CEO Susan Dentzer, panelists discussed how personalized medicine is more than just genomics. Sometimes it’s much more simple. “Homeless patients should not receive medications that have to be refrigerated,” Kevin Johnson,...
By Heather Mack 04:44 pm December 7, 2016
The 21st Century Cures Act has passed the Senate by a 94 to 5 vote, marking the last stop before President Obama’s desk to become a law. As we reported before, The Cures Act took three years to pass and was one of the most hotly-lobbied healthcare bills in the current Congress. It passed in the House last week. The bill allocates $4.8 billion to the National Institutes of Health over the next 10...
By Heather Mack 04:29 pm November 29, 2016
The 21st Century Cures Act – a long-debated bill that would allocate extra funding to the National Institutes of Health as well as effectively speed up the FDA approval process for drugs and devices – is headed for a House vote this week. The latest version of the bill, which was released over the holiday weekend, allocates $4.8 billion to the NIH over the next 10 years. The funding would go...
By Jonah Comstock 03:41 pm November 11, 2016
The unexpected election of Donald Trump who, as a candidate, was weak on specific policy promises, has mired a lot of industries in uncertainty about their future, but perhaps none more so than healthcare. The Republican party has long sought to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, a landmark piece of legislation that has affected most parts of the healthcare landscape since it was passed in 2010...
By Jonah Comstock 09:57 am October 6, 2016
The National Institutes of Health has expanded the $120 million grant it planned to give a consortium led by the Scripps Translational Science Institute. The award, which will be distributed over the next five years, has been expanded to $207 million, though the new funds also come with new responsibilities for the consortium as part of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative. “The size...
By Jonah Comstock 01:57 pm July 7, 2016
The National Institutes of Health announced a number of partners today who will receive a total of $55 million in grant money for 2016 to build the foundational structures of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program includes five companies that make up the Participant Technologies Center, which will be responsible for creating mobile apps to enroll, consent,...
By Aditi Pai 12:05 pm February 25, 2016
This summer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a Participant Technologies Center to test and maintain connected sensor technologies as part of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), NIH Director Francis Collins announced today at the Precision Medicine Summit. Vanderbilt University, with help from Verily (formerly known as Google Live Sciences) as advisors, will...
By Brian Dolan 09:14 am February 2, 2015
Last week the White House provided more details about the new $215 million Precision Medicine program that President Obama briefly mentioned during his State of the Union address. "Tonight, I'm launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes — and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our...