Why Scotland is taylor-made for Precision Medicine

An interview in the Scotsman newspaper with Dr Diane Harbison , CEO of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre on why Scotland is an ideal location to develop a  “cluster” of precision medicine companies. It has a small, stable population, a single unified health system, world-renowned universities, some of the best health data in the world, not to mention a high incidence of complex disease – all the right ingredients for making new discoveries in precision medicine.



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The creation of the NASH Data Commons will provide a unified data system that promotes sharing of genomic and clinical data, forming the basis for a comprehensive knowledge system that centralises, standardises and makes accessible data. These datasets will lead to a much deeper understanding of which therapies are most effective for individual patients. With each new dataset added e.g. additional ‘omics’ data, it will evolve into a smarter, more comprehensive knowledge system that will foster important discoveries in chronic liver disease and increase the success of treatments for patients.

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