President Obama demands more from the USA to lead genomic research.

In his State of the Union address, President of the United States of America, Barack Obama said that his administration is committed to increasing the use of genetic information to help treat complex diseases like cancer. He strongly urged Congress to review research funding to support precision medicine.

“I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine – one that delivers the right treatment at the right time…Tonight, I’m launching a new precision medicine initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the personalised information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.”

In addition to better treatment, genomic medicine also promises more efficient treatment of patients by proving the right treatment to the right patient based on their molecular profile. With strong political backing, it will be interesting to see how the genomic landscape will develop over the next 5 years in the USA.