The Silicon Review
Every year, people spend hundreds of billions on over-the-counter products (e.g. vitamins, etc.), try new fad diets, and adopt new fitness crazes believing that these choices will improve their health and help them reach their goals. But this behavior neglects one critical factor: we're all different.
Vitagene celebrates these differences by providing the ultimate tool to discover a healthier future – the most science-driven, complete, and affordable DNA test. By learning who you are and where you came from, you can build the ultimate lifestyle by nourishing your body with tailored diet, exercise, and supplementation. Vitagene helps make this happen.
Founded in 2014, Vitagene's mission is to help people use their DNA to inform their life choices. In addition to enlightening them with the story of their ancestry and where their people came from, Vitagene leverages big data, machine learning, and the latest scientific research and technology to ensure that what they're buying, taking, and doing is right for their body so that they can truly feel better, be healthier, and finally reach their goals.
Vitagene provides a complete personal plan around your diet, supplementation, skin and fitness. They want to be your health partner and provide you with actionable and effective plans that will help you be healthier and happier day to day. The Health + Ancestry Report which provides a complete nutritional and exercise analysis, as well as ancestry. If you have done DNA testing in the past with another company, Vitagene can run your analysis for you at a reduced cost (Health Report). In addition to DNA testing, they offer the option of purchasing monthly, pharma-grade quality supplements personalized to your DNA and lifestyle.
The Vitagene team consists of experts in the fields of integrative medicine, genomics, computer systems, and product design who are committed to redefining wellness and revolutionizing preventative medicine. Vitagene's advisory network includes multidisciplinary M.D.’s, Ph.D.’s, research scientists, and business advisors from organizations such as Netflix, UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCSF, and Carnegie Mellon. Their fields of expertise include ancestry, genomics, bioinformatic ingenuity systems, age research, genome technology, biotechnology, bariatrics, as well as functional, integrative, and naturopathic medicine.
Vitagene Celebrates These Differences
Human beings share approximately 99.5% of their genetic makeup. While 0.5% may not seem to be a big difference, this remaining 0.5% is what makes each person look, feel, and behave so differently. Differences in your DNA are called variants, and can indicate certain traits related to nutrition, exercise, and supplementation as well as speak to your ethnic composition.
DNA contains valuable information that can guide you in making smart lifestyle decisions, supported by science. Vitagene believes that people should be empowered by their health data, allowing them to design their own future. In addition to a user's DNA, the environment they are exposed to and the nutrition and lifestyle choices that they make can also play a significant role in their health outcomes. VItagene applies a holistic approach to a user's health, analyzing their DNA and lifestyle, to provide them with the most accurate snapshot into the current and future health.
Using the DNA present in the cells in your mouth through saliva, Vitagene can help a person learn a lot of information about the current and future health. After a person complete his/her sample, Vitagene CLIA-certified lab extracts their DNA from the saliva, and analyzes hundreds of thousands of variants throughout the genome. CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited labs meet high quality standards that lead to greater accuracy and reliability of results. Vitagene uses industry standard security practices to store DNA sample, results, and any personal data that users provide.
Once Vitagene's scientists have analyzed the sample, they provide the person with completely personalized report using only well-established scientific and medical research in the fields of nutrition and genetics.
"My DNA results made it easy to make big changes to my nutrition and exercise. I now have more energy, better stress management, and have seen superior results from my workouts. On top of everything else, my results helped lose the 10 pounds I have been trying to lose for years!" said Ghaz, Busy Professional, and a Vitagene customer.
Mehdi Maghsoodnia, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Maghsoodnia is currently serving as CEO of 1Health.io and Vitagene. He is also on the board of SpineZone and MedCorder. He previously served as CEO of Rafter, BookRenter.com, SVP of products at CafePress, COO at Actiance and SVP at Intellisync. Mr. Maghsoodnia is a industry fellow at UC Berkeley where he teaches innovation and entrepreneurship.
He studied EECS in UCB and Stanford with an emphasis in AI and Machine learning.