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Aug 24, 2015
 |  BioCentury  |  Emerging Company Profile

Transforming wellness

Building on Lee Hood's work, Arivale is entering the wellness sector

Arivale Inc. aims to build a consumer wellness business on top of systems biology work conducted by Lee Hood, using genetics and other personalized data in combination with coaching to improve an individual's health outcomes.

Arivale, financed by VCs who have a track record of forming biotechs with novel platforms or modalities, has launched its $2,000 per year service in Seattle and plans to expand to San Francisco this fall.

The company's origins trace to the Institute for Systems Biology, where Hood ran a pilot study called the Hundred Person Wellness Project in 2014. Hood, an Arivale co-founder, also is a co-founder and president of ISB.

The year-long study tracked sleep patterns and heart rate of 107 participants on a daily basis. It monitored microbiome ecology, insulin sensitivity and measures of organ health on a quarterly basis. Participants also were sequenced upon enrollment.

"We looked at four quadrants - genetic data, clinical lab tests, the gut microbiome and a Fitbit to understand sleep and physical activity," said Arivale co-founder and CEO Clayton Lewis.

Samples were run through ISB's...

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