It’s finally here: the Map of Biomedicine ebook!
Last year, 5AM’s Chief Science Officer Will FitzHugh started to make notes about the vast -- and expanding -- field for which we develop software: biomedicine. Originally, his purpose was keeping all of the players straight so that he and 5AM’s software development teams could have a big-picture view of the context that our clients work in, as well as details like the regulatory processes and technological shifts that impact human health.
As his notes and sketches developed, Will realized that 5AM-ers weren't the only audience for the Map. Researchers, physicians, and industry executives could use the information to deepen their understanding about how health- and life sciences-related businesses, institutions, and regulations affect their work. Patients — which most of us are at one time or another — could use the Map to understand how the changing biomedical landscape affects the way that we access and use our own health information.
With those audiences in mind, we launched the blog series in June 2014 (you can read the first post here). From June until December, the blog posts focused in on diagnostic test development, and they were among the most popular on the blog.
We’re happy to announce that the entire diagnostic testing series on the Map of Biomedicine is available as an ebook that you can download right now.
A changing biomedical landscape with a brand new map
The ebook expands on the original posts and features new and updated content. Updated, of course, because as we were putting the book together, things changed on the Map. Angelina Jolie had another cancer-preventive surgery in response to her faulty BRCA1 gene. 23andMe got FDA approval to screen for Bloom Syndrome, and much more.
Of course, the map itself has been updated. The versions in the ebook are easier to read and make better use of color and other visual cues.. You can catch a glimpse of the new and improved Map in Will’s most recent blog post about the Map of Biomedicine, the first in the area of drug development.
The ebook is free and the content is invaluable for navigating the biomedical landscape whether you are a patient, a healthcare provider, a researcher or a regulator.