Local Company’s Blood Test Will Change Lupus Care

Mar 26, 2024 | News, Lupus, Lupus 2022, Products


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) — A local precision medicine and science company launched a test that will change the way lupus patients get care.

AMPEL BioSolutions created a blood test called LuGENE. It will predict if someone is likely to have a lupus flare.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease and a flare-up is when the body attacks itself.

By identifying possible flares from the test, a doctor can then prescribe the correct medicine to prevent more.

“Does a person have a likelihood of flare? If the answer is no, that means they’re stable on the medication they’re on. That’s only five percent of patients,” said founder Amrie Grammer.

This test is 10 years in the making for the Charlottesville-founded and -based company. It’s their first product.

The tests are available at 10 doctors’ offices across the country.

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