GenoMed is a Next Generation DMtm company that uses medical genomics to improve patient outcomes. GenoMed is working to translate knowledge of medical genomics–the study of which genes cause disease–into clinical practice. We combine biotechnology with Disease Management (DM). We develop new and better drugs, we use existing drugs for new disease indications, and we uncover disease before symptoms arise. By studying disease genes, we hope to make medicine more proactive and disease prevention more effective.
Who We Are
What We Do
Drug discovery: Once GenoMed identifies a disease gene without any existing therapy, the company pursues strategic alliances with large, research-oriented pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs against the target.
Using existing drugs for new clinical indications: Occasionally, knowing a disease gene can make an existing drug more effective. For example, GenoMed has demonstrated that a proprietary regimen of an existing ACE inhibitor can dramatically delay the progression of end-stage kidney disease due to Type 2 diabetes or hypertension in both African American and Caucasian men, as well as the progression of peripheral vascular disease, and even emphysema. This is the first time an ACE inhibitor has been found to be useful for emphysema.
Gene-based diagnostic tests: Knowing the genes which cause a disease allows a physician to diagnose that disease before symptoms ever become visible. In clinical medicine, the earlier the diagnosis, the better the clinical outcome.
Like the science of genomic medicine, GenoMed takes a targeted and efficient approach to finding and commercializing disease genes. Our past experience in medical genomics has helped us to identify a class of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that we believe has strong associations with all common diseases. We use the least expensive, fastest throughput genotyping currently available in the world. Our ability to move much more quickly than larger, more bureaucratic corporations maximizes our intellectual property produced per dollar spent.
GenoMed was inspired by Dr. David Moskowitz’s research on the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) gene during the mid 1990s. His lab discovered that ACE was a “master” disease gene. ACE was found to be associated with about 160 common, serious diseases such as type 2 diabetes, common cancers (except for prostate and breast), and psychiatric diseases. Moskowitz, a nephrologist, treated 1,000 of his own patients based on his knowledge of diseases caused in part by ACE. His early efforts produced dramatic results — the rate of progression of kidney disease due to high blood pressure was reduced by an average of 300% in both African American and Caucasian male patients. Through this new treatment, patients who normally reached dialysis in 4 years were not predicted to reach end-stage kidney disease for 16 years. Patient outcomes for kidney failure due to type 2 diabetes, atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease, and emphysema (COPD) were equally exciting. In February 2001 Moskowitz founded GenoMed with the help of industry veterans Jerry White, Richard Kranitz and Peter Brooks.
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- Honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;
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