Pathology testing from finger-prick blood samples provides insight into key internal health biomarkers. The laboratory analysis is undertaken at accredited labs and results can then be uploaded to a customer’s personalised dashboard accessible through the web portal or via an app.
Tests can include banks of individual analyte assessments (profiles) including general well-being and hormone health, female fertility, menopause, thyroid checks, testosterone, cholesterol and diabetes.
Forth, a new commercial clinical lab has also developed sports-specific bio tracking service designed, "to optimise endurance, power and strength". Testing kits are designed for both amateur and professional athletes who want to improve their performance. The results can give athletes insight into whether they are over-trained, under recovered or need to improve their diet.
Each testing kit has been specifically tailored to the main type of exercise activity and include both a male and female version, ensuring only the most relevant biomarkers are analysed and interpreted.
Personalised test profiles can also be created. Using an unique algorithm which was developed in conjunction with the sports science team at Swansea University, users to build their own test tailored to their circumstances such as the number of hours spent training, the type of activity and any areas of concern or existing conditions.
Sarah Bolt is founder and Chief Executive of Forth. She said: “People want to gain more insight into their own health in order to reach their personal best. Our results dashboard is intuitive and easy to understand so that we can empower the consumer to understand more about their own body. Results of the at-home tests are processed within 48 hours via a personalised dashboard and I am proud to say that we are the only biomarker profiling company to offer our customer a mobile app.
“With the support of Craig Gulliford and the Development Bank of Wales, we are now well-placed to further develop our offering with plans to export to Europe later this year. This is a new market so it took confidence on their part to believe in our product and support us with our mission to help the new digital health consumer to be the best they can be.”
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