Procuring Personalized Medicine Patents In US Vs. Europe

Law360, New York (July 20, 2015, 9:56 AM EDT) -- Personalized medicine has been interchangeably called precision, tailored, targeted or genomic medicine. Broadly speaking, personalized medicine is individualized medicine that customizes medical treatment to a patient's genetic characteristics, previous treatment history, lifestyle, environment and/or preferences. Simply put, it provides the right patient with the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time.

For example, in cancer treatments, "personalized oncology" includes known cancer treatments like pharmacogenomics (the prediction of a drug response by studying variations of DNA and RNA characteristics in response to the drug) and tumor biomarker tests. Biomarkers and molecular individualized medicine provide "targeted therapies" to replace the...

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