SAN DIEGO -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pathway Genomics Corporation, a San Diego-based CLIA and CAP accredited clinical laboratory that offers genetic testing services globally, announced its laboratory director, Dr. Linda Wasserman, was an honorary speaker at the second annual National Women’s Survivors Convention. Held last week in Nashville, Tennessee, the convention serves as a place for women survivors of cancer to come together over issues surrounding survivorship. The purpose of the convention is to help women re-enter their lives by supporting, educating, and connecting them with other women whose lives have been touched by cancer. This year’s convention hosted more than 800 people affected by cancer.
Titled “Genetic Testing: How Can It Help My Family and Me?,” Dr. Wasserman’s talk focused on indications for genetic testing for cancer risk and what is involved. She discussed the benefits and risks, as well as how cancer patients and their families can use the information.
“I was delighted to have the opportunity to present and share my experience with people at this convention. Genetic testing is a vital component in assessing cancer risk, and we are at a time in medical care where this information is becoming more and more accessible,” said Dr. Wasserman. “Our ultimate goal as a clinical laboratory is to ensure all people who need BRCA testing get it, regardless of how much money they have.”
Dr. Wasserman is the former medical and laboratory director of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory at UC San Diego. She established and directed the DNA Sequencing and Molecular Pathology laboratories within the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.
Over the last two months, Pathway Genomics has launched a leading-edge next-generation sequencing BRCA1/2 test, called BRCATrueTM, and co-hosted a fundraiser benefiting Susan G. Komen that raised more than $300,000 for the organization. The company also unveiled its BRCA One for OneTM program – for every qualified BRCATrue test ordered, one test is donated to a person in need through participating health care providers, up to $10 million of free testing. It is the only program of its kind in the history of the medical community. Pathway Genomics also has a very competitive and patient-friendly financial assistance program for patients who cannot afford testing.
About Pathway Genomics Corporation
As a CLIA and CAP accredited clinical laboratory based in San Diego, California, Pathway Genomics provides physicians and their patients with actionable and accurate genetic information to improve or maintain health and wellness. Since its founding in 2008, Pathway Genomics has become known for its dedication to innovation and commitment to medical responsibility – making it a leader in the commercial genetic testing industry. Pathway Genomics’ testing services cover a variety of conditions including cancer risk, cardiac health, inherited diseases, nutrition and exercise response, as well as drug response for specific medications including those used in pain management and mental health. For more about Pathway Genomics, visit www.pathway.com.
About Women Survivors Alliance
The Women Survivors Alliance (WSA) was founded in 2008 on the corner of a napkin in a restaurant in downtown Nashville. The organization was built over five years and has since exploded as the leading platform for women cancer survivors to support each other, learn how to redefine “normal” and live life after treatment. The WSA’s National Women’s Survivors Convention attracted over a thousand attendees from all corners of the globe in its inaugural launch in 2013, and in 2014 it is poised to be bigger and better. The event was July 31 – August 2, 2014 in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. For more information, contact Sheila Stewart at 303-378-2022 (c), 310-593-4413 (o), or SStewart@SheilaStewartPR.com, or visit www.SurvivorsConvention.com.