MedGenome Announces the Launch of Claria Carrier Screening Test, a Genetic Test for Inherited Diseases in Indian Population

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Genetics & Stem Cells News
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NEW DELHI, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Over a million babies are born each year in India

with genetic disorders and 20-30% of infant mortality is due to these disorders. It is also estimated that there are over 50 million people in India with single gene disorders.

To help address this problem, and

to give couples planning on a baby get better understanding of their risks to pass on genetic disorders, MedGenome, India's premier genomics-based research and diagnostics company, has announced the launch of the Claria Carrier Screening Test. The unique 'Claria Carrier Screening Test' is based on the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology and leverages the Indian population genetic variant database created by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital over the last twenty years thereby, enabling MedGenome to develop a highly-focussed and cost-effective test to screen for diseases and genetic variations that are very specific to Indian population. The Claria Carrier Screening Test is revolutionary in terms of the breadth and depth of coverage of disease areas that it can screen for.

"India has a heavy burden of genetic disorders, owing to our ancient population history, inbreeding, high birth rates, consanguinity and lack of awareness among people. We believe our Claria Carrier Screening Test developed in collaboration with Sir Ganga Ram Hospital will help in creating a large impact in India and benefit a significant part of the population," said Sam Santhosh, Chairman, MedGenome.

The Claria Carrier Screening Test provides vital information of 'Carrier' status to couples and their risks of passing down recessive diseases (condition where a person has two copies of an abnormal gene) to their child. Based on superior NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) Technology, the Claria Carrier Screening test can detect over 1300 recessive diseases and disease-causing variations. In addition, MedGenome Claria has a dedicated expert genetic counselling unit, which offers absolutely free genetic counselling to help couples understand key genetic information while planning for a baby.

The Claria Carrier screening test solution was developed in-house by MedGenome, in association with Sir Ganga Ram Hospitals and under the guidance of Dr. I.C Verma. It has been validated by clinicians and will be available across India in about 500+ of MedGenome's partner network hospitals.

Dr. Verma, Director of the Institute of Genetics and Genomics at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi informed, "Genetic disorders are common in India due to consanguineous and endogamous marriages. The new technologies of genetic sequencing, through carrier screening in the preconception period or in early pregnancy, allow the couples to check whether they carry harmful mutations, and provide them reproductive options that help to prevent the birth of babies affected with serious genetic disorders. MedGenome has introduced cheap carrier screening tests for couples for 100, 500 and 4500 genes of relevance in our country. It will help reduce the burden of genetic disorders in India."

Some of the most common genetic disorders in India are beta-Thalassemia, G6PD Deficiency, Cystic Fibrosis, Amino Acid Disorders, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Growth Hormone Deficiency, Haemophilia A Mucopolysacchridosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Non-Syndromic Hearing Loss etc.

"With high throughput Next Generation Sequencing and cutting-edge bioinformatics, we can screen for almost all the recessive diseases with high accuracy at an affordable price. This is a big boon for all the couples, high risk individuals, families, communities and ethnic populations in India," said Dr V.L. Ramprasad, COO, MedGenome.

About MedGenome 

MedGenome is a genomics-driven research and diagnostics company with a mission to improve global health by decoding the genetic information contained in an individual's genome. MedGenome is a market leader for genomic diagnostics in South Asia and a leading provider of genomics research services globally. MedGenome also offers genomics solutions in cancer immunotherapy, diabetes and many other disease segments. MedGenome works with various commercial and academic researchers globally on genomic research projects. It is also a founding member of GenomeAsia 100K initiative to sequence 100,000 genomes in South, North and East Asia.

With presence in USA, India and Singapore. The MedGenome NGS lab in Foster City, California is ISO 15189 compliant, CLIA certified and CAP accredited, and the NGS lab in Bangalore, has the highest throughput facility in South-East Asia.

Media contact: Archana Jain archana@conceptindia.com +91-9845541244 Concept Public Relations



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