Stratified Medicine Programme

At a Glance
  • Status: Completed Consortium
  • Year Launched: 2012
  • Initiating Organization: Cancer Research UK
  • Initiator Type: Government
  • Disease focus:
  • Location: Europe


Cancer Research UK’s Stratified Medicine Programme is a vital step toward making personalized treatments a reality in the U.K. Together with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and the U.K. government’s Technology Strategy Board, the program is building the model for a national service that will routinely test tumors for certain genetic changes. As new targeted treatments become available, this system will give doctors access to tests that will help them decide which treatments are best for each patient. At the same time, information about patients’ test results and their treatments will help researchers investigate how certain genetic changes can affect the outcome of particular treatments — information that will help to save more lives in the future.


The entire program is funded at £5.5 million by Cancer Research UK, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and the U.K. Technology Strategy Board.

Data Sharing

The data will be stored at the Eastern Cancer Registry and Information Centre. Cancer registries have been granted authority to store this type of data by law. The information is kept strictly
confidential and is only accessible to authorized people. The partners will have access to some sample material for ethically approved research (e.g., testing for newly discovered genetic

Cancer Research UK wants the best use to be made of the samples that have been given for research, so the charity is setting up an access committee for researchers who want to use the


In the two years up to July 2013, more than 9,000 people with melanoma, breast, bowel, lung, prostate, and ovarian cancer had their tumors tested.

More than 8,000 patient records are now securely stored in a research database, with access for researchers planned for 2014.

The program has switched from individual gene tests to Next Generation Sequencing, which tests multiple genes at the same time, saving time and money.

Importantly, it now has a dedicated, nationwide network of hospitals and individuals experienced in providing genetic testing and has laid the foundations from SMP2.

Sponsors & Partners


Bristol-Myers Squibb

Cancer Research UK



Public Health England


The Catalyst Club

University of Oxford

Last Updated: 04/08/2016

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