The InsideTracker testing and analytics kits service was launched by Cambridge, MA-based Segterra in 2013. While healthcare professionals use blood tests to assess if you have normal or abnormal values, InsideTracker is interested in optimal levels. The platform’s personalized nutrition support is based on blood tests of 43 select biomarkers.
The company was founded by Gil Blander, PhD, who spent five years at MIT after 10 years at the Weizmann Institute and has done extensive research into biological markers in the blood. The company's scientific advisory board reads like a who’s who of the best researchers of nutrition and aging in the US, including Prof David Sinclair from Harvard Medical School, Prof Jeff Blumberg from Tufts University, Prof Lenny Guarente from MIT, Dr David Katz from Yale, and Prof Roger Fielding from Tufts University.
InnerAge 1.0 was launched in 2015, and the company expanded into DNA testing in early 2018 with GoalGetter.
Rony Sellam, CEO of Segterra, told NutraIngredients-USA that the original version looked at five biomarkers, but 2.0 focuses on “19 blood biomarkers shown in both peer-reviewed research and in InsideTracker's own dataset as the best indicators of longevity. 2.0 is a big step forward in the accuracy and precision of the test.” (the test is of 14 biomarkers for women and 18 biomarkers for men.)
Sellam added that Segterra’s scientists, biologists, nutritionists and exercise physiologists investigated dozens of biomarkers across more than 42,000 samples from approximately 15,000 people to see what biomarkers were linked most closely to aging.
The test does not measure telomere length, Sellam told us. “We have focused on what we can get from strong blood marker data that are easily obtainable from central labs, and therefore validated and calibrated,” he said.
The test is priced at $179, or $99 as an add-on to existing InsideTracker tests.
“InnerAge 2.0 offers actionable and evidence-based diet, supplementation, and lifestyle recommendations for improving your score (and thus your health),” he added.