REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 8, 2008 Navigenics, aprivately held personalized health services company, today launchedNavigenics(TM) Health Compass, a new service that combines a genetic healthassessment with the latest discoveries in science and medicine as well asgenetic counseling. The service gives individuals information on their chancesof developing up to 18 common conditions, so that with their physicians, theycan obtain earlier diagnosis, delay onset or prevent the conditionsaltogether.
Preventable illnesses account for a significant fraction of the health-care costs in the United States today and these diseases are some of theleading causes of death. Yet, many people are not aware of their risk earlyenough to take preventive action. Analyzing a person's genetic predispositionfor developing common health conditions, Navigenics Health Compass providesinformation grounded in scientific research so that members and theirphysicians can develop a personal wellness plan to improve health and qualityof life. Navigenics offers the only service providing on-staff CertifiedGenetic Counselors to help people understand how their individual results cantranslate into a personalized plan for a healthier life.
"Navigenics' mission is to improve health outcomes by informing people oftheir genetic risks and motivating them to take action," said Mari Baker,president and CEO of Navigenics. "The Navigenics Health Compass is a tool thatindividuals and their physicians can use to develop a more focused,personalized health plan and manage disease pre-symptomatically to delay orprevent onset or complications."
The Navigenics Health Compass was born out of scientific discoveriesinitially made possible by the Human Genome Project, completed in 2003. Sincethat time, there have been more than 4,000 published studies correlating genesto diseases and other common human traits. Navigenics' science team scoursthose publications - including scientific journals such as Science, Nature,and the New England Journal of Medicine - to include in each analysis onlystudies of the highest quality. Navigenics' team, including medical writers,genetic counselors and clinicians, then assures that each condition is eitherpreventable or can significantly benefit from early detection and treatment.The company provides that information for its members so they have a clearfocus on what matters most for their health.
Genetic Health Showcase
Navigenics is launching the Navigenics Health Compass service with ahealth and wellness showcase from April 8-17 at 76 Greene St. in Manhattan'sSoHo district. Members of the public are invited to learn about the new era ofpersonalized medicine, genetics and prevention through seminars, paneldiscussions and other events designed to bring the power of genetics from thelaboratory into real life. Visitors to the showcase will have the opportunityto speak with genetic counselors, physicians and company representatives tolearn more about the service.
"Navigenics Health Compass brings genetics to mainstream health care bygiving individuals the information in their DNA to actively maintain andimprove their health," said Navigenics board member John Doerr. "Tomorrow istoo late to start thinking about prevention. Navigenics gives you the personalgenetic information to truly know thyself."
How the Navigenics Health Compass Works
The Navigenics Health Compass starts with a whole-genome scan derived froma simple saliva sample. At a specialized lab, an individual's genetic materialis scanned for markers associated with risk for developing conditions such ascolon cancer, heart attack, obesity and glaucoma. The Navigenics HealthCompass guarantees results for 100 percent of the genetic markers analyzed.Once 100 percent of the genetic markers are successfully scanned, the resultsare analyzed and encrypted before being made ava