23andMe Takes First Step Toward FDA Clearance
July 30, 2012
Company Provides Leadership in Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
Mountain View, Calif. – July 30, 2012 – 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, today announced that it has delivered its first round of 510(k) documentation to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since its 2006 inception, 23andMe largely created the direct-to-consumer market for genetic analysis. As a leader in personal genetics, the company is now the first in the industry to announce it is working towards FDA clearance. The FDA will review the filing over the next several months and the process of gaining clearance will take time as both the FDA and 23andMe attempt to apply current regulations to a new and growing industry. “23andMe has pioneered the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry and we are committed to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through proven DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools,” stated 23andMe CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki. “23andMe is working proactively with the FDA to ensure the industry delivers high quality information that consumers can trust.” 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service® enables individuals to explore their own DNA and now provides more than 200 health and trait reports as well as genetic ancestry information. The extensive package of health and ancestry reports offered by 23andMe has grown dramatically as the body of research in the general scientific community has continued to make significant advances in assessing the role of genetics in health and diseases. That body of peer-reviewed, published research is regularly curated by the team of 23andMe scientists to determine which information meets the rigorous 23andMe criteria to be incorporated into its health and trait reporting as detailed in https://www.23andme.com/for/scientists/. “23andMe has always valued the guidance of the FDA and, in fact, engaged the agency in conversations prior to launching the Personal Genome Service® in 2007. Our ongoing conversations with the FDA in the last year, in particular, resulted in a focused approach that resulted in our ability to compile a comprehensive analysis of 23andMe’s direct-to-consumer testing for FDA consideration,” stated 23andMe VP Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer Ashley Gould. In providing personalized health reports 23andMe believes that individuals have a fundamental right to their personal genetic data and that genetic data is an essential complement to family history for people to make informed decisions in conjunction with their healthcare provider. The 23andMe platform is designed to be both fluid and transparent and the filing with the FDA is designed to accommodate this data-driven paradigm. The body of information provided by 23andMe grows over time, not only in adding more traits and health reports, but also in interpreting results based on the continued evolution of scientific literature. 23andMe uses a CLIA-certified laboratory to process customer DNA samples. The 510(k) documentation provided to the FDA builds upon the company’s scientifically sound practices by demonstrating the clinical and analytical validity of its reporting. “FDA clearance is an important step on the path towards getting genetic information integrated with routine medical care,” explained Ms. Wojcicki. “As the knowledge around personalized medicine continues to grow, consumers should expect their healthcare providers to begin to incorporate genetic information into their treatments and preventative care.” “We believe our ongoing conversations with the FDA and ultimately securing clearance will be very important as we continue to serve our customers with genetic information that is an essential consideration in their personal health, and continue to grow our community, which is now more than 150,000 strong,” concluded Ms. Wojcicki. An ongoing service, 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service® provides a wealth of information about an individual’s DNA and updates about new research. Customers can also choose to participate in the company’s unique research programs. By completing online surveys, customers contribute directly to genetic research that can potentially lead to better understanding of and new treatments for a variety of health conditions. To learn more, visit www.23andMe.com.
23andMe, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, is a leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the company’s mission is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe has pioneered direct access to genetic information as the only company with multiple FDA clearances for genetic health reports. The company has created the world’s largest crowdsourced platform for genetic research, with 80% of its customers electing to participate. The 23andMe research platform has generated more than 180 publications on the genetic underpinnings of a wide range of diseases. The platform also powers the 23andMe Therapeutics group, currently pursuing drug discovery programs rooted in human genetics across a spectrum of disease areas, including oncology, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to other therapeutic areas. More information is available at www.23andMe.com.