On February 25, President Obama at the White House celebrated the one year anniversary of his announcement of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The Initiative, first announced in the President’s State of the Union Address last year, initially invested $215 million in this research approach.

Most medical treatments are designed to treat the average patient. This broad approach fails to account for the differences in genetics, physiology, environments and lifestyles that greatly affect the effectiveness of therapies. Precision medicine works to overcome these shortcomings by conducting research into the efficacy of the available treatments in different patients using these and additional factors.

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