07 February 2019

Customised Medicine for the Individual Patient

Personalised Medicine

Personalised medicine is vital to the development of new and improved treatment methods in the future healthcare system. Therefore, the Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand, SUND at the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark cooperate on providing the right setting for the development of customised personalised medicine of benefit to the patients.


Imagine a patient who continues to suffer from blood clots, and for 15 years regular treatments have been unable to help him. He continues to suffer from blood clots. But then the patient’s genes are examined. Here the doctors learn that the patient is suffering from a rare syndrome caused by a gene defect in a protein that breaks down the red blood platelets and causes increased risk of both haemorrhages and blood clots. This knowledge makes it possible to treat the patient for that particular disease, preventing any more blood clots. And today the patient is doing well and leading an active life.

When treatment, research and data are closely linked, and doctors and researchers across hospitals and universities collaborate and use their knowledge, they are able to make diagnoses that were previously impossible to make and thus identify the treatment that works.

Because no two individuals are the same. And therefore two patients should not necessarily be offered the same treatment, even if they have the same overall diagnosis. This is the idea behind Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark, which will be launched on Friday 1 February 2019. The Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand, SUND at the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark are behind the new centre.

Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark will contribute to realising the national strategy for personalised medicine and offer the citizens better treatment focussing on the individual patient.

Standard Treatment Does Not Benefit Everyone
Chairman of the Regional Council in the Capital Region of Denmark Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (S) recognises the great potential for both patients and the healthcare system.

‘Because today a lot of patients are receiving standard treatments, which do not benefit all of them. It is unfortunate for the citizens who do not benefit from the treatment and it costs the healthcare system a lot of money. By establishing Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark we are uniting all forces across the two regions and universities and creating a basis for offering the patients even better treatment while improving our opportunities for ensuring the highest possible level of security and transparency with regard to using citizens’ data in a secure, ethical and legally defensible way’, says Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.

Personalised Medicine Is the Future Treatment Form

Through collaboration and links across units, clinicians and researchers can make it possible to analyse data, make a precise diagnosis and offer effective treatment designed for the individual patient.

Chairman of the Regional Council of Region Zealand Heino Knudsen (S) believes further research into personalised medicine holds great potential, as it is the path to developing new and better forms of treatment of benefit to patients today and in the future. 

‘Eastern Denmark has a strong position within health research via a number of clinical research environments that are leading within their area at global level. New knowledge is being implemented and contributes to new treatment options and technologies in clinical practice’, says Heino Knudsen.

Important Link Between Research and Treatment
At the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at the University of Copenhagen Dean Ulla Wewer looks forward to the increased collaboration on personalised medicine.

’With the new centre we bridge the gap between basic research at the university and personalised treatment. In the new setting, where we can use health data in both research and treatment, we are able to further develop personalised medicine that must continue to benefit from new knowledge, enabling us to prevent serious diseases and provide better treatment’, says Dean Ulla Wewer from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

New Innovative Solutions in Future Treatment
At the Technical University of Denmark Prorector Rasmus Larsen is looking forward to seeing the university’s engineers contribute with innovative solutions of benefit to the patients.

‘In recent years the Technical University of Denmark has increased its educational, research and innovation activities within health technology. In January 2019 we established a new department – DTU Health Technology – to meet society’s need for technological healthcare solutions. The aim is to increase the opportunities of the individual citizen and patient and to support value creation in the business sector and society. In that connection, our collaboration on Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark plays a main role. Cooperating with the clinical and health science environments of our partners, our engineers will at the highest international level and based on the, at global level, unique data, genome and biobank infrastructures in Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark be able to contribute with new innovative solutions’, says Prorector at the Technical University of Denmark Rasmus Larsen.

Facts:

  • Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark is a collaboration between the Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand, SUND at the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark.
  • The vision for Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark is to improve the quality of treatment offered to citizens by implementing personalised medicine in patient treatment in Eastern Denmark as well as by establishing the best setting for continued research and development of personalised medicine.
  • The infrastructure for personalised medicine in Eastern Denmark is based on three main elements:
    • A joint data centre holding applicable and analysable health data on citizens in Eastern Denmark
    • A joint centre for whole genome sequencing
    • A joint biobank centre
  • Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark is part of the national strategy for personalised medicine.
  • Read more on the website of Personalised Medicine in Eastern Denmark


More Information:
Chairman of the Regional Council in the Capital Region of Denmark Sophie Hæstorp Andersen via the press hotline at +45 70209588.
Chairman of the Regional Council of Region Zealand Heino Knudsen at +45 51145496.
Dean Ulla Wewer, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, via the secretariat at +45 35327051.
Prorector Rasmus Larsen, Technical University of Denmark, at +45 45251010.