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Dr. Leroy Hood, Head of Institute for Systems Biology, Announces Radical New Global Healthcare Paradigm at Annual Future in Review Conference


May 22, 2014 - Friday Harbor, WA

This week at the 12th annual Future in Review (FiRe) Conference presented by the Strategic News Service (SNS), Dr. Leroy Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology, announced that the company will be performing a 20-year longitudinal study of over 100,000 people focused on P4 Medicine: predictive, personalized, preventive, and participatory. The study will start with a group of basically healthy patients, mapping each person's genome and then monitoring their wellness through regular doctor visits over the course of the next 20 years. Described by The Economist as "the best technology conference in the world," FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, and has established a new model for converting great ideas into positive global change.

Dr. Hood hopes to create a fundamental shift in the focus of medicine from treating illness to maintaining wellness, as well as to identify three things he says medicine has been missing for years: a set of metrics for quantifying wellness, knowledge about the beginnings of diseases and how they start, and data about the longitudinal course of disease.

"If you look at healthcare today, it's all about disease," Dr. Hood explained to the audience of C-level executives, scientists, and other thought leaders. "It's not about understanding wellness at all."

Currently, the cost per patient is about $10,000, but Dr. Hood believes advances in genetic sequencing could bring that cost down significantly in the next few years. Participants in the study will be matched with coaches who will analyze their data and work with them to identify actionable possibilities for improving their health.

Eventually, he says, that group will split into two subgroups: those who remain healthy and those who develop illness. "Once we discover they have the disease, we can go back into the beginning of the disease, see why they have it, and return them to wellness," he told FiRe attendees.

Larry Smarr, Director of the UC San Diego / UC Irvine Calit2 Lab and also one of the first 100 "Healthy 100 Pioneers" to participate in the study, says he's already seen big results. "You can actually increase your wellness by getting these monthly checkups," he said Wednesday morning. He's not exaggerating.

When Smarr started the study at age 64, doctors plotted his metabolic age, a measure of real health, at 62. "And now," he said, "I'm 65 and my metabolic age is 60. My goal now is to get my metabolic age into the 50s before I reach my 70s."

Future in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy, and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe's collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To learn more about FiRe 2014, and to see bios of speakers and other participants, go to www.futureinreview.com.

Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first subscription-based online news service. Since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive report covering technology and the global economy. Its subscribers include top managers at technology and finance companies across the globe, including Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Google, British Telecom, SpaceX, Amazon, Telstra, and others.

SNS has been operating the annual FiRe conference since 2003. FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, and conversations about them, producing an accurate portrait of the future; and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2014 will take place May 20-23 at the Montage hotel in Laguna Beach, California. For more information and to register, go to www.futureinreview.com.

Future in Review™ is a Strategic News Service™ conference. Future in Review and Strategic News Service (SNS) are registered international trademarks. The "SNS Global Report" is the most accurate publicly ranked predictive newsletter in computing and communications.

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