The 12th Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) and the first on the East Coast of the United States was held May 24-25 at Duke University in North Carolina, and featured major biotech and medical figures from around the world. The meeting was opened by Program Co-Chair Ralph Snyderman, MD, Chancellor Emeritus, Duke University, James B. Duke Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical School, and Director of the Duke Center for Research on Personalized Health Care. Dr. Snyderman said that with the completed sequencing of the human genome in 2003, there was a vision that health care would be transformed by new technologies and genomic advances, and that already remarkable progress has been made toward extending the healthy living and longevity of every person. He highlighted the strengths of Research Triangle Park and compared it favorably with Silicon Valley, particularly with respect to innovation. He paid tribute to the meeting co-hosts: Duke, Duke Health, Johns Hopkins University, Intermountain Healthcare, and UCSF, and then called upon Tal Behar, Co-Founder and President of PMWC International to say a few welcoming words to the over 400 meeting registrants. Tal said the PMWC was thrilled and honored to be at Duke for the first East Coast PMWC meeting and she thanked the meeting co-chairs, Dr. Snyderman and Geoff Ginsburg. MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Duke Center for Applied Genomic and Precision Medicine, for their efforts in organizing this truly spectacular meeting.
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