Festival of Genomics Press Release

Festival of Genomics – Speaker Event: Pharma and the Growing Need for Patient Genetic Diversity


23 January, 2:30 PM- 3:00 PM

The Future Genetics CEO is an invited speaker and panelist at the excellent Festival of Genomics (London 23-24 January). He will be giving a presentation titled “”, where he will highlight the notable Health Inequality and Genetic Disparities that exist. As precision medicine becomes a reality there is a very real need to increase genetic diversity in research and clinical trials. Not only is there a strong social responsibility to make a better future for all of us, but as our understanding of genetics improves, we know that ethnic differences can have a major effect on drug efficacy and safety. As major cities and populations become more and more cosmopolitan, the need to reflect diversity in drug development has never been more important.

The festival of genomics has been organised by front line genomics and they have created this fantastic conference that addresses key issues in the field. It is one of the biggest genomics events in Europe where 2000 attendees are expected based on previous attendances, there will be over 50 exhibitors including companies such as Illumina. There is an impressive list of speakers that represent stakeholders across industry, healthcare, and the research setting. The event organisers have stated that the event is made up of the best speaker line-up yet. As well as Dr Kamran there are other speakers including James O’Shaughnessy who is the minister for the department of health and social care, Dame Fiona Caldicott who heads up the governments national data guardian, and Dr Sue Hill from NHS England.

In addition to this several our Future Genetics researchers will be attending the event, including myself. I look forward to meeting friends and meeting new people who are just as passionate about making a difference as me.