PerkinElmer, and EverlyWell, announced a new collaboration designed to accelerate innovation in and accessibility of consumer-initiated health testing, by adding PerkinElmer’s CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited lab facilities to EverlyWell’s network of laboratory providers.
“Consumer-driven healthcare continues to make inroads into lab testing and diagnostics, as more patients are empowered to take control of their health management with trusted partners like EverlyWell,” said Dr. Madhuri Hegde, Ph.D., FACMG, chief scientific officer at PerkinElmer Genomics. “Clinicians around the world rely on PerkinElmer’s state-of-the-art clinical genomics program, plus autoimmune, allergy and molecular genetic testing capabilities. Now, through EverlyWell’s marketplace, consumers will be able to access these clinical-grade services conveniently from home.”
The first offerings resulting from this collaboration are Lyme disease and food sensitivity tests, for which PerkinElmer provides the expertise behind EverlyWell’s panels. Both tests employ dried blood spot testing—a method that has been used for decades by doctors and hospitals to identify disease biomarkers with only a few drops of blood—and were developed by board-certified medical geneticists at PerkinElmer Genomics, then validated on the EUROIMMUN EUROBlotOne® system and EUROIMMUN Analyzer™ systems.
PerkinElmer has long been recognized as a worldwide leader in dried blood spot testing, notably in its industry-leading work with newborn screening. Over 600 million newborn babies worldwide have been screened for life-threatening diseases using PerkinElmer’s dried blood spot testing solution. PerkinElmer’s EUROIMMUN products are also widely recognized as expert solutions for autoimmune, infectious disease, allergy and molecular genetic testing.
Together, the two companies will work to expand EverlyWell’s test menu, bringing additional panels to market.
“PerkinElmer has been one of the foremost global authorities in medical and scientific innovation and diagnostics for over 80 years. We could not be more thrilled to have this collaboration with them,” said Julia Cheek, EverlyWell founder and CEO. “Already, hundreds of thousands of people have trusted EverlyWell to better understand their health, with our customer base tripling every year. As we continue to expand our reach, we need best-in-class laboratory partners like PerkinElmer to ensure we can scale to meet demand while continuing to provide an unmatched customer experience.”
EverlyWell provides consumers with access to a wide selection of physician-ordered and -reviewed laboratory tests that start at $49. Once a test is purchased online, or at select Target or CVS locations nationwide, samples are collected by the customer and sent by mail to an independent, CLIA-certified laboratory. Independent physicians review every test order and the results of each test, which are available to the customer within days.
For diagnostic tests, such as EverlyWell’s Lyme disease test, independent physicians are available to consult with customers whose results indicate infection and may prescribe treatment based on the test results and medical history. Customers who take non-diagnostic tests have the option to discuss their results with one of EverlyWell’s licensed health professionals.
Source: Company Press Release.