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Nashville Company, IQuity, Helps Diagnose Disease Faster Using Cutting-Edge RNA Blood Test

Posted at 3:04 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 16:07:12-04

Around 50 million Americans suffer with an autoimmune disease. Now, a Nashville-based company, IQuity, is hoping to diagnose disease faster.

Their new RNA blood test is more than 12-years in the making. IQuity worked closely with Vanderbilt University to develop the technology. 

"So what is RNA?" said CEO & company founder Chase Spurlock PhD. "It's a snapshot of what's happening inside your cells at any given moment."

For patients suffering from a potential autoimmune disease like multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia, finding out their diagnosis in a matter of days can save them frustration and get them treatment faster.

"So we're giving one more piece of information to the [doctor] as they make a diagnosis and treatment plan," said Spurlock. 

IQuity's MS test just became available to doctors a couple of weeks ago. It has an accuracy higher than 90-percent.

"This level of information hasn't really been accessible to doctors. We can take a tube of blood from a patient and analyze that blood sample and then report back to a doctor if a patient's RNA profile or RNA pattern looks like a particular disease," he said. 

IQuity can return results to doctors in as few as seven days. For more information on this technology, click here