Early Drug Development in the Era of Precision Medicine


Circa the 5th century BC, Hippocrates established the basis for modern medicine, stating “It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”
The physician’s appreciation of a patients’ unique identity in health and disease is as old as medicine itself. An example in modern medicine is the discovery of blood groups for which Karl
Landsteiner was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. Recognition of individual blood types allowed for safe blood transfusions and is one of the major landmarks in modern medicine.

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