Berkeley Lab ALD for Biosciences Mary Maxon was among the appointees to California Governor Jerry Brown’s 16-member advisory committee on precision medicine, which brought together perspectives from a variety of institutions across sectors. Recently the committee presented its report, Precision Medicine: An Action Plan for California, outlining concrete, actionable steps to Governor Brown, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, and the Legislature to position the state in the lead to advance precision health and medicine. The report emphasizes the importance of a patient-centered focus, of incorporating data on the social determinants of heath, and of involving stakeholders from diverse sectors to implement precision medicine equitably and sustainably. When asked what else she thought was particularly impactful about this report, Maxon highlighted the central role of data—from collecting and storing it securely, to the ability to efficiently mine it—in health and health care. She pointed out that California is home to three national laboratories—Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Sandia Labs—all of which have access to supercomputing capabilities that do not exist in clinical settings or universities and could be used to accelerate advancement of precision medicine in the state.
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