The 2nd Annual Benelux Precision Medicine Forum

Utrecht 13-14 May 2019

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Benelux Precision Medicine Forum

Personalised medicine is currently at an inflection point. There’s been much discussion around genomics, AI and data, but we are now at a point where a number of factors are coming together to make it a reality. We found a great deal of interest in X-omics at last years’ event and the discussion around how we combine all of the omics data continues. The volume and variety of data, computing power and AI technology allow us to precisely discover and identify patient populations who will respond to a drug and deliver personalized therapies. What role can this data and AI play in drug discovery and, indeed even with all the incredible research, and tech, are there regulatory, financial, political or ethical barriers which hold us back? There is much ground to cover before we truly realise the potential of precision medicine.

As such, for 2019 we will have more speakers, covering more content, more opportunity to engage with your peers, showcases of novels technologies and so much more.

As the precision medicine movement takes a firmer grip, we will look at the latest data analysis technologies, how AI is transforming the way we think about therapies, the benefit of X-omics; how it is coming to the fore and becoming the norm for everyday methodology for researchers. We will uncover the issues surrounding regulation and what is being done to break down the barriers to nationwide adoption of a personalised approach to medicine.

We hope to see you in Utrecht for what promises to be an unrivalled forum for the region.

“It was a true pleasure to work with Steve Coldicott and his team: A smooth cooperation of the highest quality and we very much benefitted from his vast network in industry and academia."Robert Stubenrauch, Business Upper Austria

The Inaugural Benelux Precision Medicine Forum (Review)

12-13 June 2018, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The inaugural Benelux Precision Medicine Forum took place in Utrecht. Its programme of international speakers meant its message of collaboration stretched beyond the boundaries of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Located in the heart of Holland, the medieval city of Utrecht plays an important role in the country’s transport network. Its road and rail network stretch out to all corners of the Netherlands and in turn, to all corners of Benelux.

It seemed appropriate then that Utrecht was the location for the inaugural Benelux Precision Medicine Forum which took place from 12 to 13 June. The forum brought together stakeholders from all international corners of the precision medicine sector over two days of insightful presentations and lively roundtable discussions.

The PERMIDES conference entitled Empowering Personalised Medicine through Digital Solutions was integrated into the opening morning of the Benelux Precision Medicine Forum.

Leaving the conference, delegates felt a sense of achievement; that conversations over the two days could lead to progress. Speaker Paula Lorgelly said the event enabled key figures from the sector to come together and develop ideas. “I think it’s important to bring people together because it’s not until you’re actually face-to-face that you get the chance to question somebody about their position and ask them about what we should be doing so it feels like we’re actually moving somewhere,” she said.

Assessing the event, Precision Medicine Forum Director Steve Coldicott: “People ask me how I think the forum has gone – and my response is always the same – it doesn’t really matter what I think; it’s all about the attendees and whether they feel it has been of benefit. Feedback is everything to us, and comments suggest that our first event for the Benelux region has been a resounding success. Indeed, we are already in discussions about how we can build on this foundation and bring together a more diverse group with new, fresh topics and an even better forum in 2019.

We look forward to seeing you next year.

You can read a full review of the event here.