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NIH Seeking Information on Precision Medicine Initiative Rollout

Friday, December 11, 2015  
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued a request for input on strategies for conducting baseline physical evaluations of program volunteers, as well as ways to best obtain biospecimens from these individuals as part of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

The Precision Medicine Initiative was unveiled by President Obama in January hopes to identify genomic drivers of cancer, improve how next-generation sequencing-based tests are evaluated and marketed, and develop methods for managing and analyzing large patient data sets while protecting individual privacy. To drive the effort, the NIH will develop a voluntary national research cohort of more than 1 million people and obtain sequencing data for as many of those individuals as possible.

With the Precision Medicine Initiative expected to be fully underway next year, the NIH this week announced that it is requesting information from the public on how best to roll out the program.

The request for information from the public is seeking comments on creating an infrastructure to cost-effectively administer a brief, standardized baseline physical evaluation and collect blood and urine samples from volunteers across the US; distributing standardized biospecimen collection kits to healthcare workers performing the examinations; and meeting quality-control standards for biospecimen handling and processing prior to analysis.

The NIH is also looking for information on protocol standardization and the overall costs for conducting the initial physical evaluations and sample collections.

All responses must be submitted by January 15, 2016. Visit this NIH site for additional details.

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