Can Cell-Based Interceptive Medicine Revolutionise Healthcare?
Falling Walls Circle Tables are lending the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.
Many diseases – from cancer to heart disease – urgently require new medical interventions. And in this Falling Walls Circle Table, the panel discusses the promise offered by groundbreaking techniques in cell medicine.
Cell-based interceptive medicine involves probing small samples of cells which could allow deeper understanding of disease, from diagnostics to monitoring. These tools can provide personalised medicine – choosing the right drugs for the right patient, or even developing new therapies. What’s more, even tiny tissue samples can yield invaluable information, giving insights into otherwise untouchable organs, like the brain or heart.
Achieving the promise of cell-based interceptive medicine requires profound levels of cooperation. Data must be widely shared to yield comparative insights, while respecting patients’ privacy. To substantially shape the future of medicine, tools are needed from a wide range of disciplines. Clinicians and biologists must be joined by mathematicians and data scientists to unpick the huge amounts of information contained within small numbers of cells.