Good Start Genetics

Dubbing itself a "telegenomics company," San Francisco startup Genome Medical announced the launch this week of its genetic consultation services offering.

The company said it now has payor coverage for more than 130 million individuals.

Genome Medical will provide genetic counseling support for Good Start Genetics' VeriYou carrier screening service.

Under the agreement, Roche Diagnostics will offer Good Start's GeneVu carrier screening test along with its Harmony NIPT.

Couples can now buy cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy carrier screening tests through Amazon, though a doctor will have to approve the order. 

The firms found that NGS-based carrier screening is more cost effective than genotyping-based testing for 14 disorders and results in fewer affected births. 

The partnerships are in the areas of consumer applications in reproductive health, and genetics-focused educational programs and entrepreneurship support.

Good Start will serve as an in-network laboratory partner for a variety of genetic screening tests.

The firm's EmbryVu test is based on an NGS method it licensed from Johns Hopkins University last year, called FAST-SeqS.

The firm has screened over 71,000 patients and identified more than 3,000 carriers, up to 25 percent of whom would have been missed with traditional screening tests.

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