The Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC 2020) opened its eleventh annual meeting ("How Do We Accelerate Precision Medicine and Deliver on Its Promises?”) centered in Silicon Valley on Tuesday evening, January 21, with an awards ceremony at Genentech Hall at UCSF Mission Bay in South San Francisco. (Editor’s Note: Including smaller regional meetings, the PMWC has organized 17 precision medicine meetings in total, since its inaugural Silicon Valley conference in 2009). UCSF was one of three co-hosts of this conference. The other hosts were Stanford Health and the Institute for Precision Medicine, a partnership of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The Awards ceremony honored three distinguished contributors to the advance of precision medicine. The MC of the PMWC Awards ceremony was Keith Yamamoto, PhD, Chancellor for Research, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF. PMWC Luminary Awards were presented to Philip Greenberg (photo here, see additional event photos at end), MD, Head, Program in Immunology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Professor of Medicine and Immunology, University of Washington; and Member, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunology; and to Laura J. van’t Veer, PhD., Inventor, MammaPrint; Professor of Laboratory Medicine, and Director, Applied Genomics, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The PMWC Luminary Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to accelerate personalized medicine within the clinical setting. Dr. Greenberg received his Luminary Award for “discoveries that led to adoptive immunotherapy with genetically engineered T cells.
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