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Personalised Medicine

Some medicine may work better for you - or not work at all. Efficacy of most drugs is remarkably poor - and that's before taking into account pharmaceutical companies only publish positive studies. Across a broad population, some drugs struggle to beat the efficacy of a placebo but may still inflict detrimental side effects.

We're finding more and more that some drugs work better for for people with certain characteristics in their DNA and even gene expression, as well as broader factors such as sex and health. Today, a doctor has to prescribe one drug, wait to see if it works, and then prescribe another one and another one until the most effective drug is found (no fault of the doctor - they have no way of knowing the best match). Soon they will be able to take a one drop of blood, perform an instant analysis, and select the best drug for you. And beyond that, rather than selecting the best matching drug for you, medicines may be designed for you exact condition and tailored perfectly to your individual body.


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712 North

Personalized mitochondrial medicines for age-related diseases.


Specialist biotech company developing 3D printing technology for pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Personal Diagnostics

Supplier of home health test kits


Global leader in digital therapeutics that combines the power of AI with wearables data to enable personalized care

An evidence-based, personalized approach to health

Michael Lustgarten probes at the science behind living forever in this 2015 TEDx talk

Celleron Therapeutics

Oncology company focused on the clinical development of new and innovative therapies to treat cancer

CTRL Group

Company that develops digital health products to help patients, clinicians and researchers

Cambridge Clinical Laboratories (CCL)

Providing personalised clinical testing services to the NHS and private customers worldwide


A not-for-profit body of members and partners across the UK physical activity sector & fitness


Company that develops a single-cell detection system identifying patient immune responses

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Recent News

Screening for DPYD variants can enable personalised chemotherapy treatment

Nuffield Department of Population Health - 27-Apr-2022

Chemotherapy treats patients but the lethal effect could be gotten down by preliminary testing


New era of prescribing medicines: new genetic test finds out better and safer drugs

BBC - 29-Mar-2022

NHS to roll out genetic test that is currently able to match 40 drugs to patient's genetic code


A breakthrough genetic test in the UK offers personalised treatments for incurable cancers

The Guardian - 31-Jan-2022

Identifying faulty genes and matching cancer patients to potential experimential therapies


Contract award for the supply of DPYD testing kits to NHS Wales

GenomeWeb - 18-Jun-2021

Technology suitable for meeting the lab requirements to deliver the service


New 3D printing method brings us closer to custom-made pills

The Engineer - 04-May-2021

Personalized porous tablets improve bioavailability of the drug and are much safer

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