Personalised medicine (also referred to as precision medicine) is an evolving field of medicine in which treatments are selected based on the detection of disease markers in individual patients.

This enables doctors to prescribe treatment regimens that are tailored to individual patients’ medical needs. Personalised medicine is not only used in treatment of diseases, but also has great potential for disease prevention, early detection, accurate diagnosis and long-term management. This rapidly growing field is seeing many advancements in cancer treatment and targeted drug delivery. Despite the sometimes-unique nature of each item that will be produced, many companies working in this field have found ways to leverage intellectual property to protect their technological developments, secure investment and commercialise their products.

This session will cover:

  • an overview of personalised medicine including the use of companion diagnostics (CDx) to select patient-specific drugs and examples of personalised medical devices
  • an overview of UK and European patent law relating to patentability of biotechnology inventions and methods of treatment relevant to personalised medicine inventions, and
  • case studies identifying considerations for developing IP strategies to support the commercialisation of a personalised medicine or a personalised medical device.


Dr Laurence Gainey and Dr Adam Hines

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