Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 14 July 2019. IGEA Pharma N.V. (the “Company” and together with its subsidiaries “IGEA” or the “Group”) today announced the launch of Alz1, the first solution designed to detect and reduce high free copper levels in the bloodstream – a risk factor associated with Alzheimer’s disease – through a first-of-its-kind in-home blood test and a dietary supplement for those with elevated free copper levels.
“The digital revolution has sparked a shift in the way consumers think about and access healthcare,” said Diego Mortillaro, CEO of IGEA. “Rather than waiting and reacting to symptoms of disease, consumers are enhancing their focus on monitoring and reduction of risk factors to improve their health and wellness – and they increasingly want the opportunity to do so from the comfort of their own homes. Our Alz1 solution empowers consumers with the information they need to take steps now that can reduce a major risk factor for a disease nearly 6 million Americans are living with today – Alzheimer’s disease.”
Alz1, available exclusively online, is an easy-to-use blood collection kit designed to measure free copper, a modifiable risk factor that can contribute to the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Through the identification of free copper, the test empowers users to take proactive control – like lifestyle and dietary changes – of their health and well-being. With no doctor’s appointment, prescription or need to bill insurance, Alz1 ensures this area of strategic proactive healthcare is easier than ever.
When the test results show high free copper levels, users have the option to choose the Alz1 Tab, a natural dietary supplement designed to reduce and control heavy metal contents in the bloodstream, including free copper. Containing glutathione and oleuropein, among other ingredients, the Alz1 Tab could be useful in protecting against neurodegeneration.
Following a seamless order experience, Alz1 kit is delivered right to a customer’s door. From there, customers simply register the kit and follow the instructions to collect the blood sample. Using a pre-paid envelope, customers send the sample back to IGEA’s CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory, where it will be quickly analysed. Test results will be shared exclusively with users through Alz1’s secure online platform.
“In recent years, several programs to develop drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease were discontinued,” said Mortillaro. “Compounding the issue, the Alzheimer’s Association revealed that the number of Americans who have Alzheimer’s is expected to increase to 14 million (from 5.8 million today) by 2050. Consequently, we expect proactive healthcare habits are important to help protect yourself from the most common cause of dementia. Our mission is to find better, more convenient ways to help consumers have a positive impact on proven risk factors of Alzheimer’s.”
Alz1, a US-based brand of IGEA, leverages the deep scientific knowledge of IGEA’s scientific advisory board members to reinvent proactive healthcare in Alzheimer’s disease by capitalizing on digital economy opportunities and recent healthcare industry trends. The simple and convenient Alz1 kit is an at-home blood test designed to detect free copper in the bloodstream – high levels of which indicate one of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. The Alz1 Tab, a natural dietary supplement, helps decrease heavy metal contents, including free copper, in the bloodstream. For information about Alz1, Alz1 Tab or why detecting free copper in the bloodstream is important, please visit https://alz1.com/
IGEA is a health-tech group focused on measure and control of risk factors related to life-threatening diseases. IGEA commercialize Alz1, a test kit to measure non ceruloplasmin bound copper (generally defined as “free” copper) in the bloodstream and Alz1 Tab, a natural dietary supplement designed to reduce and control heavy metal contents in the bloodstream. “Free” copper is a risk factor associated with Alzheimer’s and diabetes type II. Monitoring and normalizing “free” copper can contribute to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and diabetes type II respectively.
IGEA is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange under the ticker ‘IGPH’ and is headquartered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands. The Group’s principal place of business is in the US.
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