New line of at-home screening tests combines Fulgent’s advanced NGS solutions with actionable results and genetic counseling options for consumers
TEMPLE CITY, Calif., Sept. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fulgent Genetics (FLGT) (“Fulgent Genetics” or the “company”), a provider of comprehensive genetic testing and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) solutions, today announced the launch of Picture Genetics, a new line of at-home genetic testing offerings for the everyday consumer. Picture Genetics will offer three separate consumer-initiated screening tests, which will enable individuals to access Fulgent’s advanced genetic testing and analytics capabilities from the ease and comfort of home at an affordable price point. Picture Genetics offers a holistic approach to at-home genetic screening by including oversight from independent physicians as well as genetic counseling options to complement Fulgent’s comprehensive genetic testing analysis.
The launch of Picture Genetics combines the capabilities and experienced genetic scientists from Fulgent Genetics’ accredited clinical laboratory with the ease and convenience of at-home genetic tests. Customers order test kits online, complete a sample collection at home and return the kits for processing and analysis by Fulgent. Customers receive results that have been reviewed by an independent external physician, as well as genetic counseling support to help them better understand their screening results. Fulgent has partnered with PWNHealth, an independent provider network, for physician review and genetic counseling.
Picture Genetics will offer three distinct at-home test options: Picture Parenting, Picture Newborn, and Picture Wellness. Available today, Picture Parenting is a carrier screening test that gives prospective parents better insight into their status as carriers of variants in 30 different genes which could affect their children. Picture Newborn and Picture Wellness will be available in the coming months and will offer insight into health risks based on genetic markers. All three tests are completed at home without the need for a doctor visit or insurance.
Every year, millions of consumers seek access to their genetic data to gain insight into their health and family history, and for more educated family planning. While consumers have numerous options when considering at-home screening, Picture Genetics is a unique at-home test because each test includes a complete next generation sequencing analysis of DNA, a more comprehensive method than other providers who perform genotyping to look at a small snapshot of genes. Picture Genetics provides medically actionable, clinical-level results with professional medical follow-up in one easy process.
"We are very excited about the launch of Picture Genetics, our consumer-initiated test offering which enables us to deliver our advanced genetic testing capabilities to a much broader audience in an accessible manner," said Ming Hsieh, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fulgent Genetics. "We believe our line of tests offers one of the most comprehensive at-home screening options available in the market, given the inclusion of genetic counseling as well as involvement from independent physicians. With our Picture Parenting screening test, we will enable couples everywhere to make more informed choices in family planning with support from experienced genetic counselors. We also look forward to the launch of our Newborn and Wellness tests in the coming months, which will enable customers to understand and take control of potential future health risks.”
For more information on genetic test offerings from Picture Genetics, please visit www.picturegenetics.com
About Fulgent Genetics
Fulgent Genetics is a technology company with a focus on offering comprehensive genetic testing to provide physicians with clinically actionable diagnostic information they can use to improve the quality of patient care. The company has developed a proprietary technology platform that allows it to offer a broad and flexible test menu and to continually expand and improve its proprietary genetic reference library, while maintaining accessible pricing, high accuracy and competitive turnaround times. The company believes its test menu offers more genes for testing than its competitors in today’s market, which enables it to provide expansive options for test customization and clinically actionable results.
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