Policy

Government Innovation

Background

Recent government initiatives, designed to innovate and enhance our health care system as well as improve our nation's health, bring us closer to fulfilling the promise of personalized medicine.

PMC continues to engage with the stakeholders involved.

2016

'Moonshot' Cancer Task Force

This initiative, spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, seeks to "end cancer as we know it" by accelerating progress in "immunotherapy, genomics and combination therapies."

2015

Precision Medicine Initiative

In his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced the Precision Medicine Initiative, which, he argued, would lead to "a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time."

21st Century Cures

Chaired by Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is taking a look at how Congress can accelerate the pace of health care innovation in the modern era through its 21st Century Cures initiative, which began in May of 2014.

Roundtable on Personalized Medicine

As part of the 21st Century Cures effort, PMC President Edward Abrahams participated in a roundtable discussion with Congress. Abrahams suggested that Congress take the following actions to support the development of personalized medicine:

  • Encourage FDA to issue clear and well-defined regulatory paths to stimulate investment in innovative diagnostics
  • Enact supportive coverage and payment policies for personalized medicine products
  • Enact incentives for the development of therapies with companion diagnostics

Innovations Package

In January of 2015, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) launched an effort in the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee to "align public policies to support accelerating medical innovation and patient access to medicines and medical technologies."