Biomarker technologies enable healthcare professionals to objectively measure and monitor various biological variables of interest to the doctor. In recent years, biomarker technology has developed rapidly to facilitate the assessment of the risk and prognosis of various diseases and conditions. These new and emerging technologies are helping to replace the subjective judgment of physicians regarding the disease process and are helping to provide patients with improved quality of life. Biomarker technologies allow for the tracking of dozens of parameters across dozens of biological measures and can be used to create tailored, individualized treatment plans and monitor progression and disease resistance.
Biomarker technologies allow for the tracking of dozens of parameters across dozens of biological measurements and are now used to create customized, individualized treatment plans and monitor progression and disease resistance. In recent years, biomarker technologies have evolved from being merely useful to be a powerful diagnostic tool that can predict the response to specific treatments in real-time. In the case of cancer, for instance, a biomarker may be used as a blood test that detects inflammation, letting the oncologist know if the cancer is advancing. The same technology can also be used to screen for all kinds of other conditions, from Alzheimer’s disease to high blood pressure. As new drugs and treatments are tested, biomarkers will become even more important.
There are currently a handful of companies that focus on developing personalized biomarkers. However, because they are still relatively new, it may be years before we start to see applications in primary care or specialty practices. However, we are already seeing personalized medicine in hospitals and clinics everywhere. Biomarker systems are now standard equipment in many practices and are being applied to more health issues. Ultimately, it will be great for patient care and medical science if we can identify a single biomarker that can signify a multitude of critical indicators. With advances like these, the future looks extremely bright for personalized medicine.