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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law


Black-box precision medicine is an exciting new frontier in health care diagnostics, harnessing the power of big data and artificial intelligence to examine newly available troves of health data, including genomic sequences, patient clinical care records, and the results of diagnostic tests.

This one-day symposium aims to tackle some of the challenging issues raised by black-box precision medicine, particularly for legal and regulatory frameworks, including:

  • What are the distinguishing features and added benefits of black-box medicine in comparison to traditional personalized medicine?
  • What are the legal hurdles to the further development of black-box medicine?
  • How does the IVD framework differ for black box medicine in the US and Europe?
  • How is the precision medicine industry (academic and commercial) responding to the regulatory and IP challenges?


Confirmed speakers include 

  • Dr Alberto Gutierrez (FDA 2009-2017)
  • Prof Glenn Cohen (Harvard)
  • Emeritus Prof Chris Lowe (Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences)
  • Prof Timo Minssen (Copenhagen)
  • Prof Mateo Aboy (Cambridge)
  • Dr John Liddicoat (Cambridge)
  • Dr Stuart Hogarth (Cambridge)
  • Dr Nicholson Price (Michigan)
  • Prof Jacob Sherkow (New York)


Date: Friday 7 September 2018,

Time: 9am-5pm (followed by networking reception)

Venue: Christ's College, Cambridge


Friday, 7 September, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00