Diabetes is at epidemic levels in the U.S., with disastrous consequences for healthcare costs. It can be difficult for clinicians to know which of their possibly prediabetic patients should be treated aggressively or which should be monitored less frequently.
Tethys Bioscience has developed a blood test that looks at levels of seven proteins and metabolites that have been correlated with progression to an advanced stage of the disease. The test is able to deliver a score that tells a doctor a given patient’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes within five years.
Genomics is fast becoming a crucial part of the medical landscape. For investors, there is a chance to be in at the ground floor of important new markets. Entrepreneurially minded scientists have a chance to take a new idea and quickly determine if it can gain market traction. Patients can look forward to the prospect of treatments that work the first time and can be personalized for their individual medical needs, and society stands to gain from better healthcare delivered at lower cost. Few eras in medical history have been as rich with possibility as the one we are living in now.