Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Genelex, Mental Health Connections Ink Merger

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genelex and Mental Health Connections announced today that have merged their firms, creating a new company focused on personalized prescribing services.

The merger combines Seattle-based Genelex's DNA Drug Sensitivity testing products, which have been designed to help physicians predict response to certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs, with MHC's GeneMedRx drug and gene interaction software. Genelex also offers paternity testing services and ancestry DNA testing.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The firms will operate under the Genelex name, with Genelex CEO Howard Coleman maintaining that title for the combined entity. Robert Patterson, principal of Lexington, Mass.-based MHC, will serve as chief informatics officer.

Coleman said in a statement that the combination of the firms' technologies "is a major advance in our ability to solve the epidemic of medication-driven adverse drug reactions, interactions, and treatment failures."

The Scan

Researchers Develop Polygenic Risk Scores for Dozens of Disease-Related Exposures

With genetic data from two large population cohorts and summary statistics from prior genome-wide association studies, researchers came up with 27 exposure polygenic risk scores in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

US Survey Data Suggests Ancestry Testing Leads Way in Awareness, Use of Genetic Testing Awareness

Although roughly three-quarters of surveyed individuals in a Genetics in Medicine study reported awareness of genetic testing, use of such tests was lower and varied with income, ancestry, and disease history.

Coral Genome Leads to Alternative Amino Acid Pathway Found in Other Non-Model Animals

An alternative cysteine biosynthesis pathway unearthed in the Acropora loripes genome subsequently turned up in sequences from non-mammalian, -nematode, or -arthropod animals, researchers report in Science Advances.

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.