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Navigenics(TM) Launches Health Compass Service, a Personal Genetic Assessment for Optimal Health
Date:4/8/2008

Flagship service kicks off with genetic health showcase and demonstration

in New York City

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Navigenics, a privately held personalized health services company, today launched Navigenics(TM) Health Compass, a new service that combines a genetic health assessment with the latest discoveries in science and medicine as well as genetic counseling. The service gives individuals information on their chances of developing up to 18 common conditions, so that with their physicians, they can obtain earlier diagnosis, delay onset or prevent the conditions altogether.

Preventable illnesses account for a significant fraction of the health- care costs in the United States today and these diseases are some of the leading causes of death. Yet, many people are not aware of their risk early enough to take preventive action. Analyzing a person's genetic predisposition for developing common health conditions, Navigenics Health Compass provides information grounded in scientific research so that members and their physicians can develop a personal wellness plan to improve health and quality of life. Navigenics offers the only service providing on-staff Certified Genetic Counselors to help people understand how their individual results can translate into a personalized plan for a healthier life.

"Navigenics' mission is to improve health outcomes by informing people of their genetic risks and motivating them to take action," said Mari Baker, president and CEO of Navigenics. "The Navigenics Health Compass is a tool that individuals and their physicians can use to develop a more focused, personalized health plan and manage disease pre-symptomatically to delay or prevent onset or complications."

The Navigenics Health Compass was born out of scientific discoveries initially made possible by the Human Genome Project, completed in 2003. Since that time, there have been more than 4,0
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