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IntegraGen launches ARISk test, a genetic screening tool for autism in high-risk children
Date:4/4/2012

Cambridge, MA (April 4, 2012)-- IntegraGen, Inc., a biotechnology company dedicated to molecular biomarker discovery, today announced the launch of the ARISk Risk Assessment Test, a gender specific, genetic screening test that looks at 65 genetic markers associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The test is designed to assess the risk of autism in children from multiplex familiessiblings of children with ASD who are 6 to 30 months of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the average age of diagnosis for ASD is 4.0 years, despite conclusive evidence that early intervention can significantly improve IQ scores, language and social skills, and ensure best possible outcomes.

The announcement was made by Dr. Bernard Courtieu, chairman and chief executive officer of IntegraGen, SA, who said the ARISk Test will only be available through medical professionals including pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, child neurologists and autism clinicians. "The CDC's latest prevalence finding show the rate of ASD is 1 in 88 children, 40 percent of whom are not diagnosed until the age of 4.5 years," says Mr. Courtieu, noting that the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) screening tool recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics is only valid for children at 16 months or older. "Our mission is to provide a reliable tool for early assessment of a child's risk for ASD. We are very excited to offer clinicians the ARISk Test in light of growing evidence that early assessment and intervention offer children with ASD the best chance to reach their full potential."

"We know genetics definitely plays a role, that ASD runs in families and that early diagnosis and intervention are vital in order to achieve the best outcomes," says autism expert Antonio Hardan, MD, a member of IntegraGen's advisory board. "As a clinician, identifying risks for autism is important since siblings have a higher chance to develop the di
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Contact: Jane E. Rubinstein
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