Innovator: Arivale Brings Genomics to the People

October 30, 2015
Innovator: Arivale Brings Genomics to the People
Arivale is taking a personalized genomic approach toward fitness, health,and wellness to create actionable recommendations based on an individual’s goals and genetic background. [iStock/kirstypargeter]

Gail Dutton

As the benefits of the genomics revolution trickle down to patients, Arivale aims to open the floodgates by providing people with meaningful information they can use to manage their health long before the appearance of illness.

Arivale’s mission goes beyond general advice on diet and exercise. Instead, it analyzes each client’s genome, clinical chemistries, lifestyle, and microbiome to produce specific advice tailored to individuals.

“We can identify genetic variants among individuals that identify which foods will add weight—carbohydrates vs. fats, for example—and how much exercise is needed to effectively lose weight for specific individuals,” co-founder Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., says.

Arivale co-founder and CEO Clayton Lewis, a triathlete, has experienced this difference in his own life. For example, his attempt to follow general consumer dietary advice left him discouraged. “I tried the Paleolithic diet,” he recalls, “and I moved slower.”

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