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Sergey Suchkov, Speaker at Catalysis Conference
The Russian University of Medicine and The Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Russian Federation
Title : Personalized and Precision Medicine (PPM) as a unique healthcare model to be set up via biodesign, bio- and chemical engineering, translational applications, and upgraded business modeling to secure the human healthcare and biosafety


Traditionally a disease has been defined by its clinical presentation and observable characteristics, not by the underlying molecular mechanisms, pathways and systems biology-related processes specific to a particular patient (ignoring persons-at-risk). A new systems approach to subclinical and/or diseased states and wellness resulted in a new trend in the healthcare services, namely, Personalized and Precision Medicine (PPM).
To achieve the implementation of PPM concept, it is necessary to create a fundamentally new strategy based upon the biomarkers and targets to have a unique impact for the implementation of PPM model into the daily clinical practice and pharma. In this sense, despite breakthroughs in research that have led to an increased understanding of PPM-based human disease, the translation of discoveries into therapies for patients has not kept pace with medical need. It would be extremely useful to integrate data harvesting from different databanks for applications such as prediction and personalization of further treatment to thus provide more tailored measures for the patients and persons-at-risk resulting in improved outcomes and more cost effective use of the latest health care resources including diagnostic (companion ones), preventive and therapeutic (targeted molecular and cellular) etc.
Translational researchers, bio-designers and biomanufacturers are beginning to realize the promise of PPM, translating to direct benefit to patients or persons-at-risk. For instance, companion diagnostics tools and targeted therapies and biomarkers represent important stakes for the pharma, in terms of market access, of return on investment and of image among the prescribers. At the same time, they probably represent only the generation of products resulting translational research and applications. So, developing medicines and predictive diagnostic tools requires changes to traditional clinical trial designs, as well as the use of innovative (adaptive) testing procedures that result in new types of data. Making the best use of those innovations and being ready to demonstrate results for regulatory bodies requires specialized knowledge that many clinical development teams don’t have. The areas where companies are most likely to encounter challenges, are data analysis and workforce expertise, biomarker and diagnostic test development, and cultural awareness. Navigating those complexities and ever-evolving technologies will pass regulatory muster and provide sufficient data for a successful launch of PPM, is a huge task. So, partnering and forming strategic alliances between researchers, bio-designers, clinicians, business, regulatory bodies and government can help ensure an optimal development program that leverages the Academia and industry experience and FDA’s new and evolving toolkit to speed our way to getting new tools into the innovative markets.
Healthcare is undergoing a transformation, and it is imperative to leverage new technologies to support the advent of PPM. This is the reason for developing global scientific, clinical, social, and educational projects in the area of PPM and TraMed to elicit the content of the new trend. For instance, proteomics is being used to compare the protein profiles of cells in healthy and diseased states, whilst utilizing a combination of OMICS-technologies and bioinformatics-related software. And as such can be used to identify candidate proteins associated with disease development and progression. Those candidate proteins might provide novel targets for new targeted therapeutic agents and biomaterials, or aid the development of assays for disease biomarkers and identification of potential biomarker-target-ligand (drug) tandems to be used for the targeting. Latest technological developments facilitate proteins to be more thoroughly screened and examined in the context of drug discovery and development. The latter would provide a unique platform for dialogue and collaboration among thought leaders and stakeholders in government, academia, industry, foundations, and disease and patient advocacy with an interest in improving the system of healthcare delivery on one hand and drug discovery, development, and translation, on the other one, whilst educating the policy community about issues where biomedical science and policy intersect.
The above-mentioned PPM model, Biodesign- & TraMed-related tools applied would need for novel training since the society is in bad need of large-scale dissemination of novel systemic thinking and minding. And upon construction of the new educational/training platforms in the rational proportions, there would be not a primitive biodesigner/biopharma artist to be able to enrich flow-through biomedical and life sciences standards with creative elements to gift for a patient a genuine hope to survive, but, in turn, for a person-at-risk – a trust for being no diseased. And the Grand Change and Challenge to secure our Health and Wellness are rooted not in Medicine, and not even in Science! Just imagine WHERE?! In the upgraded Hi-Tech Culture!


Sergey Suchkov graduated from Astrakhan State Medical University and awarded with MD, then in 1985 maintained his PhD at the Sechenov University and in 2001, maintained his Doctorship Degree at the Nat Inst of Immunology, Russia. From 1987 through 1989, he was at Koltzov Inst of Developmental Biology. From 1989 through 1995, he was a Head of the Lab of Clin Immunology, Helm-holtz Eye Res Institute in Moscow. From 1995 through 2004, a Chair of the Dept for Clin Immunology, MONIKI. Dr Suchkov has been trained at: NIH; Wills Eye Hospital, PA, USA; Univ of Florida in Gainesville; UCSF, S-F, CA, USA; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. He was an Exe Secretary-in-Chief of the Edit Board, Biomedical Science, an Int Journal published jointly by the USSR Acade-my of Sciences and the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. At present, Dr Sergey Suchkov is a Chair, Dept for Personalized Medicine, Preci-sion Nutriciology and Biodesign at the Institute for Biotech & Global Health of RosBioTech and Professor of the Dept for Clinical Immu-nology of A.I. Evdokimov MGMSU, Russia. He is a member of the: New York Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society (ACS), American Heart Association (AHA), EPMA (European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalized Medicine), Brussels, EU; ARVO (American Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology); ISER (International Society for Eye Research); PMC (Personal-ized Medicine Coalition), Washington, USA.