Metabolon Launches Meta IMD™ Test to Speed Diagnosis of Inherited Metabolic Disorders
Test requires only a small plasma sample and delivers quick results to physicians
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – September 28, 2016 – Metabolon, Inc., the global leader in metabolomics, announced today that Meta IMD™ is now available to physicians as a CLIA laboratory-developed test (LDT). The test identifies hundreds of metabolites associated with a wide range of inherited metabolic disorders (IMDs) from one small plasma sample, and results are typically delivered in about 21 days. IMDs can cause developmental delays, other serious medical problems, and even death if they are not controlled. Diagnosis is essential, but often difficult because of the diversity of metabolic pathways involved.
Current diagnostic procedures are based on a time-consuming series of segmented biochemical tests that can take months to provide results. Meta IMD is an adjunctive, first-line clinical test that can save time to diagnosis by simultaneously surveying individual metabolites and pathways across amino acids, carbohydrates, organic acids, fatty acids, neurotransmitters, nucleotides and bile acids to detect biochemical abnormalities linked to IMDs.
“When a patient has a suspected inherited metabolic disorder, it’s critical that a physician is able to make a quick, accurate diagnosis to get that patient on the correct treatment,” said John Ryals, Ph.D., president and CEO at Metabolon. “Our Meta IMD test comprehensively surveys hundreds of metabolites associated with many IMDs to speed the process. A 250 microliter plasma sample provides specific information to assist the physician in deciding what additional clinical tests are needed to confirm or clarify a diagnosis. Meta IMD is the newest addition to our growing portfolio of Precision Medicine products that are evolving from our metabolomics technology. Within two years, we hope to expand the coverage to over 100 different IMDs using this small sample size.”
Meta IMD should be considered for individuals with developmental delay, seizures, suspected autism spectrum disorder, failure to thrive, low blood sugar, recurrent vomiting, speech and/or language delay, poor muscle tone, as well as an undifferentiated phenotype possibly related to a biochemical pathway indication.
About Inherited Metabolic Disorders
IMDs, also known as inborn errors of metabolism, are rare genetic disorders that result in metabolism problems in which the body cannot properly turn food into energy. The disorders are usually caused by defects in specific proteins (enzymes) that help break down various nutrients in food. Other IMDs are caused by missing or low levels of necessary substances.
Generally, IMDs represent a group of about 500 rare genetic diseases that collectively occur in about one out of 2,500 people. Presentation of an IMD is usually in the neonatal period or infancy, but can occur at any time, even in adulthood. Some metabolic disorders are indicated by routine newborn screening tests, while others are identified only after a child or adult shows symptoms of a disorder.
Metabolon, Inc. is the world’s leading health technology company focused on the use of metabolomics in precision medicine and life sciences research. This powerful tool for assessing health is based on proprietary platforms and informatics that deliver biomarker discoveries, innovative diagnostic tests, and ground-breaking partnerships in genomics-based health initiatives. Metabolon’s expertise is also accelerating research and product development across the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer products, agriculture and nutrition industries, as well as academic and government organizations. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.metabolon.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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