Blueprint Genetics, a Finnish startup with ties to Stanford University, has launched its first diagnostic gene panels for inherited diseases, starting with cardiovascular disorders.

The company, based in Helsinki, was founded in late 2011 by Tero-Pekka Alastalo, Juha Koskenvuo, and Samuel Myllykangas, three Finnish researchers – two of them also clinicians – who had been postdocs at Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco, respectively.

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