NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IQuity, a specialty diagnostics technology company, announced that its
"In addition to giving providers a new tool to diagnose earlier, providers tell us that the ability to rule in or rule out a suspected diagnosis is equally important because it allows them to move forward with treatment or initiate additional diagnostic work-up," said Chase Spurlock, PhD, CEO of IQuity.
Spurlock explained that currently an autoimmune diagnosis can take several months or even several years using multiple diagnostic tools and by eliminating other diseases that exhibit similar symptoms. "Using IQuity's blood-based technology, physicians receive test results that they can use to help their patients in as little as one week," Spurlock emphasized.
Dr. Spurlock added that IQuity is committed to full transparency regarding its science. The significant grant funding this technology has received represents peer-reviewed oversight, and the peer-reviewed research publications and scientific presentations are available on IQuity's website where providers, scientific collaborators and consumers have complete access to this information.
IQIsolate® Technology PlatformIQIsolate was developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and supported by over $4 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.
For its initial neurological panel, which the company expects to launch in the spring of 2017, IQuity's research revealed that MS patients exhibit a distinct RNA expression pattern in their blood that distinguishes them from patients with other neurological disorders. The IQIsolate platform analyzes the gene expression profile found in a patient's blood sample and matches each profile against healthy and sick patient profiles identified through the company's research.
The IQIsolate technology platform will power new tests that may make it possible for providers to confirm other suspected autoimmune diagnoses in as little as one week. In addition to MS (and its neurological panel), the company will also be working to commercialize new test panels focusing on gastroenterology and rheumatology in 2017.
These test panels will be designed to support providers in earlier diagnosis for other challenging autoimmune diseases and related conditions, such as:
About IQuityIQuity is a specialty diagnostic technology company leveraging machine learning methods to deliver breakthrough RNA analytics for autoimmune disease and related conditions across three medical disciplines: neurology, gastroenterology and rheumatology. IQuity's innovative IQIsolate® technology identifies the presence or absence of disease by analyzing RNA expression data from a blood sample using the Company's proprietary suite of algorithms. Accuracy of IQIsolate technology exceeds 90%, offers providers the ability to shorten the diagnostic process and can be administered at the earliest onset of symptoms. IQuity will perform the tests in its CLIA-certified laboratory and report the result to providers in as little as 7 days.
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