Personalised medicine and the European data misery

A contribution by Prof. Ernst Hafen in “Zukunftsblog” of the ETH Zurich

Obtaining relevant patient data for pharmaceutical and medical research in Europe is no easy task. Unless we keep pace in the international arena, our hospitals will have to rely exclusively on artificial intelligence solutions from American and Chinese companies.

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Safe the date: LIFE SCIENCE ZURICH IMPACT – Cause of Health, conference on 3 February 2020

The Life Science Zurich Business Network organizes LIFE SCIENCE ZURICH IMPACT – CAUSE OF HEALTH on the 3rd of February 2020 at the Technopark Zurich.

The conference will provide a platform for scientists from academia and industry to present their life science projects to potential collaboration partners as well as investors.

THE CAUSE OF HEALTH: Medicine today largely focuses on studying the cause of illness in search for cures. However, we know remarkably little about how individuals stay healthy. Cause of health research will rely on data from healthy individuals.

The conference includes keynotes, parallel sessions as well as an investor track and 1:1 partnering meetings.

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Swiss way to personalised education

A contribution by Prof. Ernst Hafen in “Zukunftsblog” of the ETH Zurich

«With the personalisation of education, boundaries between disciplines and levels, and between education and training, will become increasingly blurred. A continuous learning space will emerge.»

Digitalization is universal and affects our education system. Ernst Hafen depicts a fascinating vision of a possible future: Algorithms help to choose the best possible choice of field of study, no more overcrowded lecture halls thanks to individually composed small learning groups and modern online learning platforms.

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Data to the People – Satellite Panel during WEF in Davos

Data to the People – A Solution to Healthcare?

Date: 1pm, January 17th 2017: Location: Promenade 73, Davos Dorf ‘Caspian Week’

Two factors challenge the current healthcare space: The quest for better diagnostics and treatment options to increase the precision of healthcare services and the need to control its related socio-economic cost. Personal patient data, and all its aspects; from data generation to complex data processing and its adequate distribution, affect the above challenges structurally.

Present panel members are at the forefront of leading the healthcare space into the next phase of integrated data management and utilization. They support the concept of citizen-controlled data access pioneered by, which enables citizens to securely store, manage and control access to their personal data by helping them to establish and own national and regional not-for-profit MIDATA cooperatives. MIDATA’s initial focus will be on health-related data since these are most sensitive and valuable for one’s personal health. The MIDATA cooperatives act as the fiduciaries of their members’ data. MIDATA members can visualize and analyze their personal data and can actively contribute to medical research and clinical trials by providing access to their sets of personal data. MIDATA cooperatives provide novel and fair platforms for commercial partners to develop personal data services and tools. This panel addresses fundamental questions of:

·       What kind of data does healthcare and precision public health need?

·       What hinders health data integration?

·       What is the economic value of personal data?

·       How can a right to a digital copy of personal data help?

·       How can not-for-profit data cooperatives contribute to a new sustainable personal data economy?

·       Why should the individual not obtain financial incentives to share data?

The moderators are: Prof. Ernst Hafen and Dr. Kaspar Bänziger RSVP:

Our Panelists

 Prof. Ernst Hafen, ETH Zurich,

 Prof. Effy Vayena, Univ. Zürich, Harvard Medical School

 Preeti Sinha, YES Institute, India

 Dr. Klaas Zuideveld, Caris Lifesciences, Dallas

 David Haerry, EUPATI-IMI, Brussels

 Dr. Elsy Mankah Ngwa, ETH Zürich

 Massimo Morino, Innovation for Health, Inc. Milan

 Prof. Serge Bignens, Bern University of Applied Science and

Posultat « Recht auf Kopie » vom Bundesrat angenommen

Das von Prof. Thomas Gächter (UZH) erarbeite Grundlagenpapier zum “Recht auf Kopie” wurde von den Vereinsmitgliedern Mathis Brauchbar, André Golliez und Ernst Hafen in Diskussionen mit verschiedenen Exponenten der Verwaltung und des Parlaments eingebracht. FDP Nationalrat Fathi Derer (VD) hat ein entsprechendes Postulat eingebracht. Am 12. November 2015 hat der Bundesrat die Annahme des Postulats beantragt. Er möchte, dass das Thema in die Revision des Datenschutzgesetzes aufgenommen wird. Der Verein hat damit einen wichtigen Meilenstein in Richtung digitale Selbstbestimmung erreicht. Herzlichen Dank allen Beteiligten! Posulat Recht auf Kopie Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 18.41.52 Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 18.41.38