23andMe has found regulators in the United Kingdom more amenable to its personal genomics service than the U.S. FDA. The U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has given cautious backing to the company's spit test, which has a CE mark clearing it for sale in Europe.
In a week during which 23andMe showed results from a clutch of its research programs at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting, it also tasked an industry veteran with winning new partnerships.
Genetic testing company 23andMe--famous for getting on the bad side of the FDA--is reversing a planned policy that would automatically opt in customers to its close relatives program, which meant that by sending a saliva sample in for DNA analysis they could discover an unknown relative out of the blue.
Observers tipped the arrival of Apple's long-awaited Watch to bring the worlds of health and tech closer than ever, but this week's announcement was notably light on medical uses. The failure to even mention HealthKit in the presentation has sparked discussion of Silicon Valley's wariness of healthcare regulators in the wake of 23andMe's run-in with the FDA.
A Finnish company looking to bring genomic diagnostics services to the U.S. has raised $3.9 million in new funding.
Pfizer and 23andMe have teamed up to identify genetic factors linked to inflammatory bowel disease. And with 23andMe trumpeting the fact that people can participate without leaving their homes, the study represents a continuation of Pfizer's interest in virtual trials.
Pfizer is reaching out to the Google-backed genomics outfit 23andMe to better understand the root causes of inflammatory bowel disease, looking to mine patient data for clues that could bolster its growing pipeline.
While Google-backed personal genetics startup 23andMe is still working through its disagreements with the FDA, the company has impressed another part of the federal machine enough to win funding.
Your genetic data could be analyzed in another country, highlighting the need for an international, harmonized approach toward management of genomic data. An American company is already analyzing blood samples of Japanese women obtained from a prenatal test.
Personal genetics startup 23andMe is reportedly considering expanding overseas to so it can get sales back on track despite its standoff with the FDA.