Updated on 28 June 2013
In India, Chennai-based XCode Life Sciences, founded by Dr Saleem Mohammad, assesses four lifestyle disorders: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Each test is being offered at $150 and uses non-invasive saliva sample for diagnosis. XCode, in March this year, had bagged the BioSpectrum Emerging Company of the Year Award 2013 for its products and business model.
Another Indian company Hyderabad-based mapmygenome offers a composite report called Genomepatri that interprets genetic variations and its impact on a person in terms of susceptibility to major diseases and also connects its customers to genetic counselors and other relevant experts. Its founder Ms Anuradha Acharya is one of the first few entrepreneurs in India to offer such a product.
These examples from Asia showcase that the rush to leverage on the genetic diagnostics opportunity has just begun in Asia.