Company develops blood tests for psychiatric diseases

Rules Based Medicine is developing what it says is the first blood test for schizophrenia. The test, called VeriPsych, was developed with Cambridge University and relies on 51 biomarkers.

Since the company's launch six months ago, psychiatrists have ordered the test for about 500 patients. "There's not so much resistance as trepidation," VeriPsych Chief Medical Officer Michael Spain told Fast Company. "Physicians that routinely do lab tests understand that [the doctor] puts it all together and makes the diagnosis. Psychiatrists have it in their minds that the test makes the diagnosis."

The magazine says VeriPsych plans to also develop blood tests for major depression and bipolar disorder.

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