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2013 September

Update from Exogen to Pilot Study Volunteers

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Exogen pilot study at BioCurious September 12, 2013

Exogen staff (Steve, Maria, Jon, Sylvain, and Elaine) from our pilot study held at BioCurious.

Hello from Exogen,

We want to thank you all for participating in our first pilot study and for the great questions and feedback you contributed at the BioCurious event. It is a busy and exciting time here at Exogen and we know many of you are eager to see your results. We have been processing your samples and have been using them to optimize our MyDNABreaks-kit pipeline. We have made several improvements, and our advances were made possible largely due to your participation. We expect to send the results to each of you individually in the next week or two.

In the meantime, we wanted to take the time to answer a couple of questions we’ve received. Is Exogen doing a second pilot study?  Yes we are!  To stay informed of our future events, subscribe to our mailing list if you haven’t already or connect with us via social media sites.  

Some of you have also asked for the reference to the study from our lecture showing the potential protective effects of antioxidants against DNA double strand breakage induced by ionizing radiation. You can find the article here.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  Again, thank you for your patience and for helping us develop a better service.

All the best, 

– The Exogen Team

Bleed for Citizen Science – Exogen launches pilot study in SF Bay Area

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What is the health of your DNA? Is it trashed and thrashed or relatively break-free and in stunningly good shape? Find out by attending our pilot study!

Location:
BioCurious
845 Stewart Drive, Suite C
Sunnyvale, CA

Thursday, Sept 12, 1 pm – 8 pm

Exogen is developing a new biomarker of DNA health, to be sold in the future as a kit called MyDNABreaks™. From a fingerprick, we collect a small amount of blood, and then analyze the white blood cells to quantify the number of DNA breaks per cell. This may be a measure of oxidative stress, integrity of DNA repair, and reflect lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, amount of sleep, and general health. In this study, we are testing our processing pipeline and hoping to develop a baseline.

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The test takes about 5 minutes. Volunteers read and sign an informed consent document, fill out a short questionnaire, and submit to a quick fingerprick. Data will be anonymized, but participants providing email addresses will get their results individually.

This pilot program is free, and free food and drinks will be available. Biocurious is generously hosting this first pilot study for free to participants, but please consider making a small $5 donation to BioCurious on-site.

At 6:30 pm, Sylvain Costes, Ph.D., Exogen CEO and Co-Founder, and scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will give a short talk about Exogen’s DNA damage-testing technology. He will discuss state of the art technology to measure breaks in your DNA from cells in your blood and how this may relate to long-term health risks. A brief overview of scientific data will be presented before opening the floor for discussion and sample collection for a free analysis of your DNA.

For more information, please visit the pilot webpage.