The Bulgarian Association for Personalized Medicine (BAPEMED) was established in 2014 as the first non-governmental organization of its kind in Eastern Europe. BAPEMED is a non-profit Association that unites scientific and academic community, patients and patients’ organizations, diagnostic and healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, service entities and commercial structures.
BAPEMED’s efforts are focused on:
1) promotion and raising awareness regarding all aspects of personalized medicine,
2) establishment of suitable environment for its application and
3) identification of sustainable tailor-made solutions, because “Each patient matters!”
The Association is part of the European and worldwide initiative to affirm the contribution of personalized medicine to modern healthcare and it is actively involved in the transition from traditional medical practices to a personalized treatment approach.
BAPEMED founders are leading structures and well-known specialists from healthcare and diagnostic sector – National Patients’ Organization (NPO), “Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital”, “ProDuCt – Project Development Consulting”, Prof. Alexei Savov (Head of the National Genetic Laboratory, Sofia) and Prof. Radka Kaneva (Executive Manager of Molecular Medicine Center, Medical Universty of Sofia).
Working actively, gaining a broader perspective and taking into account the viewpoints of the main figures in the field of healthcare and personaliaed medicine in particular, BAPEMED sets itself the following ambitious, but achievable goals:
Our activities are focused and performed in the scope of three main pillars:
BAPEMED’s contribution includes:
BAPEMED has organized workshops, roundtables, national conferences and international events. Till now, 5 educational forums (Personalized Medicine Schools) were held aiming to raise the competence in the field of personalized medicine across medical and diagnostic specialists, medical students, academia and patients. Furthermore, BAPEMED is one of the ideologists and a co-organizer of BIOTECH ATELIER – the European annual biotech conference, that gathers leading international experts in the field of value based healthcare, digital health, intellectual property, biotech entrepreneurship, business leadership, treatment and diagnostic innovations and many more.
In addition, in 2019 BAPEMED successfully completed its activities on Project “White paper on personalized medicine in Bulgaria – a roadmap for integrating 21st century innovations in medicine to change healthcare policies through active citizen participation and adoption of patient-centric approach” funded by Operational Programme “Good governance” 2014-2020, ESF
BAPEMED successfully cooperates with industry, scientific and professional associations and patient organizations to find sustainable solutions in the short term on country-specific problems in order to improve the treatment and quality of life of the patients, and hence to optimize the costs in the healthcare system – with the engagement of all of interested parties.
In years, BAPEMED has built up a reliable ecosystem of partners with diverse expertise. BAPEMED’s ecosystem consists of medical universities and multiprofile hospitals, SMEs profiled in: regulations in healthcare, pharmacovigilance, clinical trials and validation studies, commercial structures in healthcare sector and other local and international NGOs.
To achieve its goals, BAPEMED actively cooperates with national, European and international organizations in the healthcare sector for exchange of expertise, experience, good ideas and best practices.
BAPEMED is a member of Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), and of European Society of Pharmacogenomics and Personalised Therapy (ESPT).
In 2019 BAPEMED and Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) signed a general agreement on HIMSS Partner Innovation Exchange (HPIE). As a partner, BAPEMED actively participates in HPIE – an initiative that gathers strategic partners in a platform intended to promote a mutually beneficial collaboration for applicable benefits and services, including marketing cross-promotion, educational opportunities and membership.
Following its eagerness for growth and development, via its membership inECHAllianceBAPEMED aims to leverage the untapped potential of digital technologies in the region, to spread knowledge and to connect key stakeholders for the progress of innovation and digitalization of healthcare reality.
We, as an Association for personalized medicine, wish to move beyond conventional approaches to treatment, prevention and healthy lifestyles. In that sense, for us is of extreme importance and priority to use all possibilities and instruments of innovations and technologies to improve healthcare.
Bulgarian Association for Personalised Medicine
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