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US Preventive Medicine and deCODE agree personalised medicine pact

US Preventive Medicine : 07 April, 2008  (Company News)
US Preventive Medicine and deCODE Genetics have signed a letter of intent to add genetic testing to expand both companies' personalised medicine services in the USA and internationally.
'The signing of the letter of intent with deCODE is significant because we will be the first entity in the USA and internationally to offer a full continuum of geographically dispersed, comprehensive solutions for personalised medicine including preventive care, wellness and disease management,' said Christopher Fey, chairman and chief executive officer of US Preventive Medicine. 'We are very excited because our consumer, employer and physician customers will now be able to take advantage of a wide range of innovative personalised medicine services, including an opt-in genetic testing program for clients of our Centers for Preventive Medicine and members of The Prevention Plan. Our goal is to make the most advanced prevention strategies - including more precise risk stratification - available to informed consumers who want to use the best medicine has to offer to enjoy more good years.'

Fey said US Preventive Medicine's expansion into personalised medicine is the next step in the company's plan to provide practical solutions at every point in the healthcare continuum both nationally and internationally.

'The relationship with US Preventive Medicine will offer us another platform to provide our genetic testing and personal genetics services through an innovative business model encompassing Centers for Preventive Medicine, as well as its new Prevention Plan health benefits,' says Kari Stefansson, MD, chief executive officer of deCODE. 'This partnership gives deCODE access to an even wider distribution channel of consumers, employers and providers to share knowledge, experiences, new technologies and services, while providing the best possible preventive health programs.'

According to US Preventive Medicine National Policy Advisor and former Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, Gov Tommy Thompson, 'The addition of deCODE's DNA profiling services as a option for the individuals the company assists is a natural evolution in the direction of the demand for personalised medicine. This is a very important step for US Preventive Medicine in their role as the leader of this crucial area of health care.'
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