DNA Swab Test – a Path to Personalized Treatment 

 

A former Warwick University student, Abdullah Sabyah has launched DNA swab test that will help people with heart conditions and will save lives.

 

Young entrepreneur came up with the idea of the test after his coworkers’ mother, Floriane Rousse-Marquet, survivor of 5 strokes, was prescript with a drug called “Plavix” and was not responding well to it – she experienced anxiety, gum bleeding and bruises, was worried, that it is not effective and stopped using it. Abdullah knew, that there is a field called Pharmacogenetics (a field looking into influence that genetics has, in terms of drug metabolism).

He suggested the patient to visit cardiologist and ask, if there is a genetic test that could help to determine what kind of a drug would be the most effective for her. Unfortunately, doctor answered, that this kind of test do not exist and this kind of medicinal treatment is not in practice. This was the beginning of creation in order to produce swap DNA test.

Abdullah says: “The test, that me and team created, can provide information hidden in DNA about patients’ health, what are the future risks, what kind of drugs would be effective for their condition and what changes in life-style patient should do to prevent getting sick or to improve healing process”.  The business module has 2 kinds of transactions: b to b – business to business (hospitals, medical practices, health care organizations), and b to c – business to consumer (directly to the patient). The company, that provides tests was launched 2 months ago, as Mr. Sabyah has developed a research to prove his teams’ hypothesis. NHS and other organizations are funding the project. Abdullah argues, that according to science, DNA can provide just 50% of the whole picture, the rest in influenced by individuals lifestyle and everything that comes with the medical history, because of that, only doctor can provide the full assessment. Having that in mind, his team built a platform that would connect patients with doctors and would help to achieve the best results.

Abdullah Sabyah – CEO of Rightangle LTD

At the moment the kit is available online, after purchasing, it is sent directly to the doorstep. All buyer needs to do is register the kit online, fill in their health profile questionnaire, collect the sample, put it back to the box and send it to the provided address. Then the partner laboratory will examinate it and sent it back to Mr. Sabyahs’ company, Rightangled LTD, on the spreadsheet. The received and analyzed genetic report will be uploaded to the online platform. Both patient and his doctor will have access to it. After that, the doctor can provide his/her assessment and treatment recommendations for the patient on the same online platform.  Abdullah says: “We provide remote, telemedicine way in form of consultation. Patient does not need to visit a clinic to receive results and assessment. It is a clinician base that will allow us to provide the assessment to each individual patient that we have. I believe, that results of DNA swab test should be the first thing that doctor would look into, before prescription of the healing method.”

This modern and innovative treatment has sparked interest for many organizations and investors. At the moment, Rightangled LTD is crowdfunding and is 241% over their set goal.

 

Dorota Zubrzycka is living in UK for 9 years after migrating from Poland. She was diagnosed with congenital heart defect when she was 16, which means that she had 3 small holes in her heart since birth, but it didn’t cause her any major difficulties, so treatment was not proceeded. In 2011 she started to experience heart panic attacks and was referred to GP (General Practitioner). Because of her condition, in 2015, she was referred to see cardiologist provided by NHS (National Health Service). She waited for 1st appointment for 36 weeks and got her first scan in the beginning of 2016. They found 2 holes in her heart and decided to do the operation. However, they changed their mind, as Coventry’s doctors and Birmingham’s doctors opinions did not match. The procedures were stopped for a while. She has MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) scan scheduled for the end of November 2017.  She says: “NHS found 2 holes in my heart, I don’t know, where the 3rd one go. They decided not to do operation, in order to close them. Doctors said, that they are waiting for the situation to change. But I am 32 years old, I want to start planning a family, but I cannot plan pregnancy with 2 open holes in my heart, it is not safe. “

Dorota Zubrzycka

The most disappointing aspect of her experience with NHS is that she has to wait so long to understand, what actually is happening with her body: “It has been over 2 years since my 1st appointment. I have waited minimum 18 weeks for every single visit, not taking into consideration 17 weeks wait for a report after appointment. It is an extremely long process. With the test I would be able to know at least what could I do as an ordinary person, to make my life quality better. Every single person, every single heart condition is different, and to be able to know what is hidden in my DNA fascinates me. Furthermore, NHS doctors give just brief information about what is happening in my body. To be able to see information that LTD Rightangled would provide me, together with doctors report, would allow to examinate it, to understand where I stand, to save mine and doctors time, resources. Not knowing what is happening with my health makes me tired and frustrated. It keeps me away from planning my future. Ability of the test would allow to get results faster, they would be more accurate, personalized and time-saving, as you can get results online”.

This new DNA swab test might be a revolution in treating heart diseases. It is a promising and fast evolving niche that is expanding. The test, that can be done at home, could help to save not only money and time for NHS, doctors and patients, but also many lives and unwanted side effects from wrongly prescript drugs. The test could also prevent the genetic heart diseases by detecting them well in advance, especially for people at young age. After all, every single human being is different and carries different genetic information, which could be used in treating various diseases.

Former Warwick University student, Abdullah, says, that this test is just a beginning. He and his team are working on projects that will allow personalizing nutrition and exercising plans, treating skin conditions and other diseases.

Swab DNA Test

Viktorija Getneryte

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