Medicine and healthcare are entering a new era, the era of “precision medicine”. Therefore, time is now to capitalize on the recent development of large-scale biologic databases (such as the human genome sequence), powerful “omics” methods for patient characterization, electronic health records and mobile health technologies, as well as efficient computational tools for analysing large sets of data”. Indeed, the different stakeholders agree that the current models of innovation in healthcare are not efficient and that there is a need for disruptive and radical changes.
Precision medicine goes beyond scientific and technological advances; it also requires effective translation of innovations into the standard of care. As stated by Kurpinski et al. “to cross the gap from lab bench to patient bedside, innovators must deal with issues related to product development, technology management, market positioning, cost/reimbursement, and regulation”. Furthermore, it is essential to organize the convergence between medicine, other life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.
In this translational context, this certificate is designed to develop the interdisciplinary skills required to enter existing and future career paths in private or public companies or institutions contributing to translational and precision medicine: established industries (pharma, IT, medical devices, diagnostics), start-up companies, hospitals, academic research institutions, regulatory agencies, governmental institutions and policy makers, contract research organizations (CROs), non- governmental organizations (NGOs), patient organizations, etc…