The new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine has had its official launch in the House of Commons this week, having been established to help the National Health Service and patients make best use of the increasing availability of cutting-edge technologies to provide more personalised health and care.

The Group intends to examine the potential of new and emerging scientific research and technologies to shape and improve healthcare, ensure the adoption of new technologies by the NHS, and help create a sustainable health service fit for the future by realising the transformative power of personalised medicine.

“Working closely with my Co-Chair Lord Warner, and the other parliamentary officers and members, I believe this Group will provide a much-needed forum, for productive discussion and insightful debate, on how personalised medicine offers us opportunities to provide a more efficient and effective NHS”, said APPG Chair Jo Churchill MP, Conservative Member for Bury St Edmunds.

The PHG Foundation, an independent health policy think tank that aims to make science work for health, provides the Secretariat for the new Group, supported by partners the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, BMJ and the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).

“Opportunities for bioscience and technology to transform healthcare and deliver better health via personalised medicine are rapidly expanding, and we are delighted to provide the secretariat to this significant new parliamentary group as they examine these opportunities and consider how to ensure that patients and populations get the greatest health benefits from them,” noted PHG Foundation Director Dr Hilary Burton.