The company conducts DNA tests for under US$500 to determine which drugs the patient will respond best to. An assessment can be made within 48 hours. Although not cheap, the service should appeal in mainland China where doctors notoriously overprescribe medications and antibiotics, which can make people resistant to their effects. Photo: Handout

iGene: Hong Kong biotech start-up Prenetics bringing 48-hour DNA tests to broader Chinese market for safer prescriptions

Insurer Ping An Ventures, which has 200 million policy holders in China, leads US$10 million funding round in Prenetics; start-up to launch non-invasive test for colon cancer in city in 3 months

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The company conducts DNA tests for under US$500 to determine which drugs the patient will respond best to. An assessment can be made within 48 hours. Although not cheap, the service should appeal in mainland China where doctors notoriously overprescribe medications and antibiotics, which can make people resistant to their effects. Photo: Handout
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