About Interleukin Genetics
Interleukin Genetics, Inc. is a genetics-focused personalized health company that develops genetic tests for sale to the emerging personalized health market. Our vision is to build a leading personalized health and wellness company. We believe that the science of applied genetics can empower individuals to personalize their health and provide valuable information to assist in drug development. We currently have two primary focus areas to our business. The first is personalized health, which is primarily focused on providing genetic test products to customers. These products are distributed via sales partners and our own sales channels, with the goal of providing guidance for the individual interested in improving their health and wellness. The second is a research and development effort focused on developing genetic tests linked to a partner’s products for marketing and sales into medical and dental channels. Both areas contribute toward our overall mission of providing products that can help individuals improve and maintain their health through preventive measures. We plan to pursue improving personalized healthcare for patients by:
We believe that by providing important genetic information to our customers or identifying those individuals whose risk for certain chronic diseases may be increased due to variants in one or more genes and combining this knowledge with personalized interventions, we can help individuals improve their health outcomes. We have patents covering the influence of certain gene variations on risk for a number of common chronic diseases and conditions.
We believe that one of the great challenges confronting healthcare today is understanding why some people are more prone than others to develop various medical conditions and why some people respond to treatments for those conditions differently than others. Until individuals or their doctors are able to understand the underlying causes of such variability, healthcare will remain largely constrained to the current approach of broad treatment rather than customized prevention. Most recommendations for a given condition do not consider genetic differences among individuals and, as a result individuals whose condition may be very different because of genetic variation all receive the same treatment.
Until recently, scientific study of chronic health conditions has largely focused on identifying factors that are causative. Common examples of such factors include high levels of cholesterol in the case of heart disease, bacteria in the case of periodontal disease and reduced estrogen levels in the case of osteoporosis. However, the mere presence of these initiating factors does not necessarily mean a person will develop an illness. Many common conditions arise in part as a result of how our bodies respond to various environmental factors.
In 2009, Interleukin Genetics launched the Inherent Health™ Brand of genetic tests offering clear and personalized insights to wellness. Additionally, with this brand launch, Interleukin Genetics launched the new Inherent Health™ Weight Management Test that includes personalized guidance on specific diet and exercise choices that may have the highest impact on weight loss.
Interleukin is now working to develop other DNA based risk assessment tests for other common disorders, such as Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. Moving forward, the company will expand its genetic testing through other consumer and professional channels.