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Tethys makes its prediabetes PreDx test available with finger stick collection method.

M2 PHARMA-May 29, 2013-Tethys makes its prediabetes PreDx test available with finger stick collection method(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

29 May 2013 - US cardiometabolic diagnostics company Tethys Bioscience said on Tuesday it had expanded the access to its prediabetes multi-biomarker blood test PreDx with the addition of testing using capillary blood collected via a finger stick procedure.

The company's senior VP of research and development Dr Ted Tarasow said that the company is expanding access to the PreDx test from the 25% of clinicians with in-office phlebotomy to the 88% of primary care practices that routinely carry out finger stick tests.

The PreDx test gauges seven biomarkers implicated in the development of Type 2 diabetes, and uses a proprietary algorithm to generate a "personalised" numerical score that ranks a prediabetic's five-year risk of progression to diabetes on a scale of 1 to 10, with a higher score signalling a higher five-year risk of progression.

Baseline scores are used to stratify prediabetes patients into low, moderate or high- risk categories for disease progression, then retesting is used to monitor changes in the patient's score, which reflect the efficacy of preventive interventions in reducing the patient's level of risk.

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