First Minister leads historic summit on precision medicine

Issued: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:54:00 BST

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led discussion at Scotland’s Precision Medicine Summit in Perth on Monday 10th September 2018. Co-chaired by Professor Dame Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of College, and Professor David Crossman, Chief Scientist-Health with the Scottish Government, the summit heard from academics, clinicians and major industry partners, facilitating high-level discussions on how to ensure Scotland capitalises fully on its current strengths in the field.

The centrepiece of the conversation was the Science and Innovation Audit in Precision Medicine, “Innovation in Scotland: Accelerating Productivity Growth for Scotland and the UK”. This report, commissioned by the UK Government and led by the University of Glasgow, sets out in detail the ways in which precision medicine can lead to better outcomes for patients, potentially save billions of pounds for the NHS and contribute strongly to economic growth and job creation in Scotland.

The First Minister commented: “Scotland has all of the potential to be a world leader in developing precision medicine. The precision medicine work undertaken by the University of Glasgow and the eco-system centred around the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital are key assets for Scotland’s Precision Medicine ambitions, and will be vital as we seek to capitalise on our current position, and cement ourselves as the international leaders in the field.”