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Tethys Bioscience and Lose it! Announce a Strategic Partnership to Support Diabetes Prevention
Date:7/2/2012

EMERYVILLE, Calif. and BOSTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tethys Bioscience, developers of the PreDx® Diabetes Risk Score (DRS) blood test that predicts the 5-year probability of progression to type 2 diabetes among adults with prediabetes, and Lose It!, the consumer weight-loss program, are combining their technologies to improve weight loss and diabetes prevention. The terms of partnership call for the PreDx DRS to be incorporated into the Lose it! weight loss program. This agreement follows the completion of a 3-month assessment conducted in primary care practices, which showed that the combined use of their two technologies extended the average "days of engagement" with the Lose It! program by over 10%, and was associated with significant weight-loss. 

"We know from diabetes prevention studies that healthy eating and physical activity can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. A challenge has been motivating patients to make and then continue these lifestyle changes," said Juan P. Frias, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Tethys Bioscience. "The impact we observed when our technologies were combined confirms our belief that an informed patient - one who is aware of the likelihood that they may progress to type 2 diabetes - may be more motivated to adhere to a weight-loss program."

Charles Teague, Co-founder and CEO of Lose It!, concurs. "To our knowledge, this is the first time a novel prognostic test has been paired with a leading consumer weight-loss program to evaluate the power of the combined technologies. Our partnership with Tethys reinforces the link for the user between their risk for disease and action they can take to lower that risk, which may lead to better long-term results.  It also enhances our ability to connect with people who are in greatest need of the service we offer – an easily accessed, user-friendly program combined with technology that will help them lose weight and lower their risk for dev
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