ON HEALTH CARE PAUL ALLEN


https://www.forbes.com/100-greatest-business-minds/person/paul-allen

Paul Allen

We are about to enter the era of deep medicine, where we understand cell pathways and how to change them. I’m a two-time cancer survivor.

We are about to enter the era of deep medicine, where we understand cell pathways and how to change them. I’m a two-time cancer survivor. First I had Hodgkin’s, a young person’s cancer. And then non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Right now they just hit you with everything they’ve got, like carpet bombing. And then my mother passed away of Alzheimer’s. Those things are motivating experiences that make you want to understand things better and then make a difference. In maybe 20 or 30 years, we will use things like stem cells to change disease outcomes — your own immune system, designed by evolution, to attack sick cells and things like that. It seems inconceivable now — we have thousands of types of cells, so there are trillions of combinations — but health care would be much more personal. And the costs will potentially decline.

 

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