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California Gov. Brown’s Budget Proposes $30M for Precision Medicine

January 12, 2018
by David Raths
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Proposal calls for establishment of California Institute to Advance Precision Health and Medicine

California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed a budget allocation of $30 million to establish the California Institute to Advance Precision Health and Medicine.

This institute would build on the work of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), an ongoing partnership between the State of California, the University of California system, and nonprofit, academic and industry partners to stimulate collaboration and innovation in precision medicine across California.

Hosted by UC Health and UC San Francisco, the initiative is working to advance the field of precision medicine by integrating clinical data with genetic, environmental, socioeconomic, mobile and other data from patients so that scientists can understand diseases better and develop more precise therapies.

Since its inception in 2015, CIAPM has grown into a $23 million initiative, funding eight patient-focused demonstration projects across the disease spectrum, an electronic catalog of precision medicine assets, and an economic analysis of precision medicine, among other efforts.

In a prepared statement, John Stobo, executive vice president of UC Health, said Brown’s proposal is “an important step toward ensuring that this one of a kind partnership can continue to develop demonstration projects, incorporate successful projects into the health delivery system and further advance innovations in health care data science. UC is proud to continue its work on this ambitious partnership to advance the field of precision medicine and improve health outcomes for all Californians.”

The California Life Sciences Association said it looks forward to working with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to help universities and its member companies engage in additional public-private partnerships and apply these research dollars to build the scientific infrastructure necessary to advance precision medicine.

 

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