CIAPM is transitioning into the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)

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Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to share some exciting news with you regarding the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM). From the very early conceptions of CIAPM, the goal has been to bring together partners to advance precision medicine across California. This initiative is housed within the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).

CIAPM was launched in April 2015 with a modest investment of $3 million. Some of the goals included:

  • Fostering collaboration across academic and industry partners;
  • Building infrastructure, resources, and knowledge;
  • Integrating data from clinical, genomic, environmental, socioeconomic, mobile, electronic health record data, patient data and beyond;
  • Impacting health and disease in the near-term; and
  • Providing an ecosystem for precision health and medicine to thrive in California.

Five years later, looking back, those goals were achieved – and many more – and the program has continued to grow to $53 million (over $60 million with non-state matching funds included). Eight cutting-edge demonstration projects with lead partners from University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute; Cedars Sinai; and Sutter Health have been funded along with over fifty partner organizations. Several cross-sector convenings were hosted in collaboration with UCSF, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California San Diego, and other partners; new partnerships formed; and a forthcoming announcement for the next group of demonstration projects focused on addressing cancer health disparities. California is seen as a leader internationally in precision medicine. 

As you know, UCSF, on behalf of University of California Health (UC Health) has been a proud partner with OPR to build this successful collaboration of public and private academic and industry partners. The collaboration with UCSF and the many institutions and partners across California has been integral in the development of precision medicine throughout the state.  A statewide, sixteen-member committee also recently released Precision Medicine: An Action Plan for California providing a policy roadmap and framework to advance precision health and medicine.

California is now poised to take the next steps in advancing this important work. Beginning today, CIAPM will be administered directly by OPR, per statute, bringing to bear the full resources of the office and its connections to other programs and initiatives within the state. UCSF and other CIAPM team members will continue in a strategic advisory capacity along with a broader advisory group and network of expert consultants across the state. We look forward to continuing our work together.

The team has been inspired by the energy and dedication that this community of scholars, scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs has brought to forging strong partnerships, seeking innovations, and especially to making a difference in the lives of patients.

We look forward to our continued collaboration as CIAPM enters its next phase.


- The entire CIAPM team