InnoTREK: Epigenetic blood-based tests to objectify effects of tobacco smoking and alcohol drinking
The GenKnowMe project and future start-up company aims at examining lifestyle testing using epigenetics. These tests will compare individual values with population references and will rely on a new technology for the identification of epigenetic biomarkers.
Epigenetics encompasses mechanisms regulating gene expression influenced by internal (aging, hormones, etc.) and external factors (environmental exposures, drugs, etc). Epigenetic markers -as opposed to genetic ones- can change over time depending on lifestyle and environmental exposures and tools based on these markers have therefore a great potential for health assessment.
The one-year InnoTREK grant will aim at making a proof-of-concept. The ultimate goal is to commercialize the test (start-up company), starting with issues around tobacco and alcohol consumption.