|[January 25, 2013]
ARUP to Offer Carrier Screening for Over 100 Genetic Disorders
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Counsyl has partnered with ARUP Laboratories, a nonprofit enterprise of
the University of Utah, to expand its pre-pregnancy and early pregnancy
genetic test offering for prospective parents. ARUP's molecular genetic
testing laboratory already provides a comprehensive set of testing
options for a broad range of inherited disorders. The partnership with
Counsyl complements ARUP's existing services for genomic medicine. Dr.
Sherrie Perkins, Chief Medical Officer at ARUP, stated, "We are pleased
that the relationship with Counsyl now allows ARUP to offer testing for
over 100 recessive genetic disorders to more than half of the nation's
university, teaching and children's hospitals."
Included in the Counsyl Test are life-threatening conditions, such as
spinal muscular atrophy, Smith-Lemli-Opitz, and Tay-Sachs disease.
Several inherited metabolic disorders that can be treated with dietary
modifications and supplements are also part of the test.
ARUP has historically used innovation and technology to support their
clients' need for specialty testing. For tests not performed at ARUP,
high-quality test performance and exceptional clnical utility are the
two primary criteria used to establish external partnerships. Counsyl
uses high throughput technology to simultaneously screen for over 400
genetic variants from one tube of blood. Ramji Srinivasan, CEO of
Counsyl, stated, "We're energized about working with ARUP to make
carrier screening a routine part of family planning across the country."
Implicit in the partnership is a shared mission between Counsyl and ARUP
to improve access to quality patient care while reducing healthcare
Counsyl makes genetic testing simple, accessible, and useful for
important medical decisions. The Counsyl Test won the Wall Street
Journal's Innovation Award for Medicine, was named one of Scientific
American's "Top 10 World Changing Ideas" and was featured in the New
York Times. It is now offered at thousands of medical centers nationwide
and covered by many insurers. For more information, visit www.counsyl.com.
Twitter (News - Alert): @counsyl
About ARUP Laboratories
Founded in 1984, ARUP Laboratories is a leading national reference
laboratory and a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah and its
Department of Pathology. ARUP offers more than 3,000 tests and test
combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to esoteric molecular
and genetic assays. ARUP serves clients across the United States,
including many of the nation's top university teaching hospitals and
children's hospitals, as well as multihospital groups, major commercial
laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and other
government facilities, and major clinics. In addition, ARUP is a
worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led
by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental
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