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HudsonAlpha Health Alliance, Auburn University Form Genetic Testing Partnership

NEW YORK — HudsonAlpha Health Alliance said on Monday that it has signed an agreement to help develop a genomic health screening program for Auburn University employees.

Under the terms of the deal, HudsonAlpha Health Alliance will work with the university's Auburn Pharmaceutical Care Center to provide genetic testing to hundreds of Auburn University employees enrolled in its health insurance program who meet certain criteria.

Through the program, participants will provide saliva samples that will be analyzed for genetic markers that provide information on how medications interact with the body. Additional details were not disclosed.

"By collaborating with groups and institutions like Auburn, we have the opportunity to help individuals learn valuable genomic information that will lead to more informed healthcare decisions," Devin Absher, director of genomic health at HudsonAlpha, said in a statement.

Huntsville, Alabama-based HusdonAlpha Health Alliance is a nonprofit formed by the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in 2019 to provide genomic health screening services for organizations including health systems, physician networks, and self-insured employers.

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