Moffitt Cancer Center, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and Florida Hospital have announced they will collaborate on the creation of a Personalized Medicine Partnership of Florida (PMP Florida). The partnership will conduct collaborative research to accelerate discovery and develop new treatments in the areas of cancer and metabolic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
PMP Florida will revolutionize health care by creating partnerships among Florida-based centers of excellence in medical research and clinical care. Together, the organizations will develop and utilize new molecular and genomic technologies to discover, translate and personalize interventions for preventing and treating debilitating diseases more efficiently to improve health care outcomes while reducing costs.
PMP Florida will leverage Moffitt's Total Cancer Care- to develop similar research and clinical protocols in other disease areas including metabolic diseases. The partnership will hasten the discovery and development of new treatments by bringing together the complementary strengths of Florida Hospital's large patient population and clinical research expertise; Sanford-Burnham's fundamental research expertise and technology platforms; and Moffitt's biospecimen bank, data warehouse and personalized medicine capabilities.
"As a statewide resource for cancer research and treatment Moffitt seeks to foster relationships such as these to maximize the state's investment in the overall health and well-being of patients," said William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., CEO and center director of Moffitt. "We feel this partnership will enhance Florida's national and international reputation in the discovery, translation, delivery and dissemination of care."
Total Cancer Care is a treatment path that begins by mapping the more than 30,000 genes that make up a tumor to find its own unique genetic fingerprint. Through personalized medicine, Moffitt is working to create individualized therapies that are specific to each patient's type of cancer, and the way each person responds to the disease and treatment therapies. The approach includes medical, nutritional, psychological, social and physical considerations.
Collaborations between research and clinical organizations are increasing as a means to access complementary resources, attract more sizable grant revenues and enhance the translation of laboratory research to clinical application.
"PMP Florida is a multi-institutional model for combining research and clinical care expertise to advance personalized medical care. Sanford-Burnham will deploy our most advanced technologies to discover molecular signatures of disease that can provide insight for determining appropriate therapeutic interventions," said John C. Reed, MD, Ph.D., and CEO, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. "The technology platforms, collections of patient samples, and medical information sharing create a powerful combination for improving clinical outcomes and reducing health care costs."