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Igentify, Genosity cooperate to bring precision medicine to all markets

Israeli digital health company Igentify will cooperate with US-based biotech firm Genosity to deliver the next step in precision medicine to all markets. Precision medicine is a new trend in the healthcare industry, Igentify director of partnerships Yael Furman told The Jerusalem Post.  

“Imagine a person suffering from a headache,” she said, “that person would take an aspirin. The drug is produced for all people who suffer from a headache. Yet in some cases, such as cancer, it’s extremely useful to know the genetic profile of the patient as that would make the treatment a lot more effective.” 

This still means mass-produced drugs for the most common genetic types in a given population, but perhaps drugs will eventually be made for the unique individual who needs them.  

The trend is coupled with other leaps and bounds medicine is going through thanks to big data and the digital age. For example, a woman who has a genetic likelihood to suffer from breast cancer could get digital “pushes” in the form of texts and emails that will remind her to get tested. Better and more frequent testing saves lives.  

“People see our animated videos and forget the mountain of work that goes into genetic research,” Igentify founder and CEO Dr. Doron Behar explains.  

“The videos are important because we want people to understand what the genetic test is, what will happen to their data, and to give their informed consent. Yet that is just the last step – what we do much more,” he said.

“There are only 7,000 genetic counselors in the world today,” Behar said. “This is a huge bottle neck that prevents people from having access to, and benefiting from, their own genetic data. Machine learning can take some of that burden off and deliver the service to more [people]. ”   

IGENTIFY HELPS medical service providers to set up the complex systems needed to decipher such data – from cheek swabs to lab robots to machine learning that is able to scan most possibilities of human genetic material creating a new life.   

“We use cheek swabs because they’re easier to do than blood samples and give us cells from the human cheek,” he explains, “it’s not the spit we’re after, it’s cells. Each cell has your entire genome in it.”  

If a man and a woman are thinking about having a baby together and if they have access to a genetic testing service, it could predict what is the likelihood of the yet-unborn child having a genetic disease based on the genetic analysis of both parents.  

A woman could use a simple cheek swab to learn if she is at risk of suffering from breast cancer. The information is presented in a friendly and easy to understand animated video that has a lot of planning behind it.   

“We’re able to offer this service not just in other languages but also with different avatars,” Behar pointed

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