By Jason Rigoli, Principal at The White Oak Group

Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D.

The recent history of western medicine is the reactionary application of generalized treatments to individuals suffering with a set of symptoms. The healthcare system is starting to see a shift from this archaic system of diagnosis and treatment towards a more preventative, wellness-focused and personalized approach to medicine.

Personalized medicine examines an individual’s make up and designs tailored strategies for maintaining health and treating illness to enable earlier disease detection, more effective treatment and a reduction in healthcare costs. Personalized medicine starts by analyzing a patient’s individual molecular blueprint to better understand that patient’s unique predispositions. Physicians can then help that patient work to prevent the onset of disease, screen regularly for disease and administer the right treatment at the right time if diagnosed.

This new and exciting approach to medicine is being spearheaded by Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D., the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ignite Institute, a unique nonprofit center specializing in personalized medicine. The Ignite Institute recently relocated its headquarters to Fairfax County with a projected $200M investment resulting in the creation of 415 new jobs.

At this year’s Annual Strategic Growth Conference & Capital Forum, Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D. will be interviewed by Herb Cohen to discuss the Ignite Institute, personalized medicine, the future of healthcare and why that future is based right here in the nation’s capital.

On behalf of ACG National Capital, I’m hoping you join me at the 2010 Annual Strategic Growth Conference & Capital Forum to hear more from Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D. For additional information, and to register for the conference, click here.

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