HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kailos Genetics, a personalized medicine company offering leading-edge gene-based genetic testing, announced today that they have entered into a partnership with Teal It’s Gone, a nonprofit organization focused on impacting ovarian and peritoneal cancer through genetic testing to provide reduced cost hereditary cancer screening.
This agreement enables Kailos and Teal It’s Gone to increase awareness of genetic testing as a tool for early cancer detection and improved treatment options by giving patients access to the Kailos hereditary cancer screening test for as low as $125. This is substantially reduced from standard hereditary cancer screening tests which are offered for upwards of $500.
“As someone who has personally been impacted by genetic testing to identify hereditary cancer, I am especially excited to partner with Kailos Genetics to provide people with affordable genetic testing,” said Katie Maxell, founder, Teal It’s Gone. “Our complementary missions to improve patient health knowledge to positively impact outcomes will enable us to make a bigger impact in people’s lives.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, genetic mutations are thought to play a role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. Identifying these risks early can lead to better outcomes through earlier and more informed treatment plans.
“We want all people to have access to their health information so they can make more informed decisions. We view partnerships like this as an integral part of achieving that goal.” Brian Pollock, CEO, Kailos Genetics.
This represents Kailos Genetics’ second partnership in providing reduced cost hereditary cancer screening supported by Kailos and philanthropic funding. In October 2015, Kailos partnered with the HudsonAlpha Institute to provide free screening to women, aged 30, and reduced cost testing for all men and women in the Madison County, Alabama area.
Teal It’s Gone will launch the program regionally in certain parts of Mississippi and South Carolina, followed by national expansion.
Kailos Genetics is a trusted provider of personalized health information. Addressing unmet needs of healthcare consumers and their families is Kailos’ primary reason for being. With its proprietary and robust DNA sequencing enrichment and laboratory information system, TargetRichTM, Kailos helps make personalized medicine affordable and accessible for everyone through the Kailos test. Founded in 2010, and based in Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Kailos is committed to providing a simple, trusted and affordable way to help individuals understand what’s in their genes. To learn more, visit www.kailosgenetics.com/about-kailos.
About Teal It’s Gone
Teal It’s Gone is a nonprofit organization focused on fighting ovarian and peritoneal cancer. Their mission is to generate awareness of genetic testing as a tool to prevent cancer in the “at risk” stage. Katie Maxwell, the founder, has a personal stake in spreading the word about genetic testing. She was diagnosed with late stage peritoneal cancer, after which she learned she carried a mutation in both the BRCA 1 and 2 genes. She believes understanding of her genetic status would have allowed her to have more screening earlier and to perhaps have taken more proactive steps in consultation with her physician. To learn more, visit www.tealitsgone.org.