Incubated on the Integrated Startup Complex of the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in Kochi, SAGENOME has already rolled out a “Home Saliva Collection Kit” on the nationwide stage, apart from providing a number of genome-based assessments.
The collected samples are presently analysed on the BioNest Biotechnology Business Development Incubator at ISC and underneath a service settlement on the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) until its personal facility is prepared on the Life Sciences Park in Thiruvananthapuram.
The startup SAGENOME was set up by Dr M Ayyappan, former CMD of HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), and Dr M Radhakrishna Pillai, former Director of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology.
“The saliva collected by using the kit allows analysing thousands of variations in the human genome. It sets the ground for personalized healthcare by identifying patterns within genetic data sets so that computer models can make predictions about an individual’s odds of developing a disease. It will thus help in suggesting suitable medicinal interventions and changes in lifestyles,” Dr Pillai mentioned.
Ayyappan mentioned that the platform gives genetic data related with most cancers, cardiovascular and neurological illnesses, reproductive well being and infertility administration, pharmacogenomics and pro-active well being administration.
“SAGENOME will set new paradigms in personalized health care and is developing innovative methods for early cancer detection using an easily-collected ‘liquid biopsy’ from a blood sample that may be over 100 times more sensitive in detection and monitoring of many tumors,” he mentioned.
Dr Pillai additionally mentioned the platform OhMyGene can also be useful for the customized genetic wellness programmes particularly in vitamin, pores and skin, hair well being and high-performance sport.
“Personalized nutrition through nutrigenomics will tremendously aid the use of functional foods and supplements based on a person’s genomic information,” he added.