Guest: Dr. Larry Marton, Program Chair, PMWC
Bio and Contact Info
Chapters: (Advance the marker)
0:40 Building one of the first molecular diagnostics labs at UCSF
6:47 Where are we at with personalized medicine today?
11:27 What can we do to better quality assurance in the industry?
19:01 Using PMWC as a neutral place for dialogue between disparate groups
23:47 If you practice medicine better than the community, you can be in trouble
29:14 What can those in the industry do to better engage the medical community?
Our guest today has been focused on personalized medicine since before it was called that. Larry Marton is the former chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. Helping to form the department back in the late 70's, Larry and his colleagues set out to transform a standard clinical laboratory into a place for cutting edge molecular research, a place where basic research could be done and translated into medical practice.
Today he's retired from UCSF, but "busier than ever before." He serves on various boards and is the program chair for the Personalized Medicine World Conference which takes place each January in Mountain View, CA. Anyone who has been to this conference knows the depth and breadth of Larry's contacts and influence in the industry. He says the PMWC is an important conference because it plays the role of "neutral broker" between the various stakeholders in the field: entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, regulators, physicians, and patients.
Larry's core message is that we must improve the quality of new clinical tests which have been translated from research. It is the key to demonstrating clinical relevance, he says. There are issues with sampling, with analytics, and with compliance. What can those in the industry do to better the quality assurance? And how can the industry better engage the medical community? A veteran shares his insights.
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