Leaders in San Diego’s genomics industry will address challenges and ideas in the precision medicine space at a local conference in August.

The event, called the Precision Medicine Leaders Summit, was organized by the recently launched The Journal of Precision Medicine.

"Precision medicine has entered a pivotal period as sequencing proliferates and starts to directly impact human health,” said Damian Doherty, editor in chief, The Journal of Precision Medicine. “In times of transition, it is more important than ever to gather key stakeholders and discuss how to overcome hurdles and improve patient care. Held in the 'world capital of genomics', San Diego, the Precision Medicine Leaders Summit brings diverse perspectives in precision medicine under one roof, including physicians, patient advocates, genomics companies, payors and academia, with the goal of stimulating solutions-oriented discussions.

The summit will be held August 10-12 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, and will feature the following speakers:

• Stephen Kingsmore, M.D., D.Sc., Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine at Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego

• Razelle Kurzrock, M.D., Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health

• Nicholas Dracopoli, Ph.D., Janssen Research & Development, LLC

• Michael Kolodziej, M.D., Aetna

• Hakan Sakul, Ph.D., Pfizer, Inc.

• Alex Dickinson, Ph.D., Illumina

• Eric Neumann, Ph.D., Foundation Medicine

• Jose Florez, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

• Jennifer Levin Carter, M.D., M.P.H., N-of-One, Inc.

Topics to be discussed at the summit include:

• Pragmatic implementation of genomic medicine

• Combating Ebola and Zika viruses using precision medicine

• Update from the White House on the Precision Medicine Initiative

• Harnessing big data in genomics to provide value

• Needs of rural and urban communities when delivering precision medicine

To register for the conference in advance please visit here.