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Aperiomics Xplore-Patho® test has now served thousands of patients and their healthcare providers in 18 countries.

 

Knowledge is Power

Using cutting edge technology, Xplore-Patho looks for more than 37,000 microorganisms in a single test. No other test can do that.

Combined with our advanced database and superior data analytics, we have the most powerful tools available to identify pathogens—and help you or your loved one on the road to recovery.

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Standards of Excellence

We partner with the same laboratories your providers and hospitals use. These are “CLIA-certified” labs, meaning that they are vetted by the state and federal government for precision, accuracy, and validity as well as independent third-party performance verifications. We only work with the best because we have the highest standards for our own work, too.


We Find Answers No One Else Can

Deep metagenomic sequencing allows the Xplore-Patho test to examine up to 100% of the genomic fingerprint—as opposed to PCR, 16S, or 18S testing used by our competitors, which can only examine ~0.001% of the genetic fingerprint

1

Speak with Your Healthcare Provider

Your clinician will choose the best sample type for us to test and provide a testing kit.

2

Complete the Forms

Fill out the forms included in the kit and give them to your clinician.

3

Return Your Sample

Your clinician will collect your sample and ship it to us (pre-paid). Once we receive your sample we start the testing process for every known pathogen.

4

Receive Your Results

We send a full report to your clinician, who interprets the results and determines the best treatment plan. And we are happy to consult with your provider in order to help them understand the report at no additional cost.

Efficient and Cost-effective

Since our test allows for the identification of all known microorganisms—unlike older methods, which only test for a few microbes at a time—our cost per microbe is far more affordable than any other method.

75%

of older testing fails to identify the causes of infection

~100%

of the genomic fingerprint is examined in Aperiomics testing

  • Who is Aperiomics?

    Aperiomics is the only company of its kind and scope in the world. It is revolutionizing the way that medical professionals around the world detect and diagnose infections. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Aperiomics identifies every known bacteria, virus, fungus, and parasite through deep shotgun metagenomic sequencing. We help doctors and their patients identify the causes of infections that other tests cannot identify, thus streamlining the path to a positive clinical outcome. Many patients that we have helped were sick for years with no understanding of why. Patients and their physicians often contact Aperiomics after hearing about our life-changing success stories. The complete genetic fingerprint of a sample is created and compared to Aperiomics’ Xplore- PATHO database – a comprehensive database of over 37,000 microorganisms, including the world’s largest collection of known pathogens. Aperiomics was named Life Science’s Innovator of the Year in 2016 and International Start Up of the Year in 2018.

  • What does Aperiomics test for?

    Aperiomics tests for all known bacteria, virus, parasites and fungi based on the sequenced genomes from thousands of scientists around the world.  This includes microbes that can cause intestinal issues, urinary tract infections, Lyme disease and many other issues.

  • How is the appropriate type of sample(s) for testing determined and what collection kits should be ordered?

    Physicians should be able to tell patients which kit or kits they’ll need to help identify the pathogens causing your illness.  While a single kit may be needed, in some instances patients may require additional kits (blood, swab, urine, fecal, tissue or semen) to capture the pathogens at the suspected source of the infection. 

    For most accurate results, we test from the closest source of infection(s), where you feel your symptoms. For example, if you have an upset stomach or diarrhea, we would have you do a fecal kit, or for urinary tract infections, we would suggest a urine kit, etc. If there are NO CLEAR SIGNS OF SYMPTOMS, we suggest a blood plasma kit.

  • Do the biologicial samples have to be refrigerated or frozen?

    No.  Our specialized collection kits contain a solution that renders samples non-infectious and keeps the genetic material that we need intact for up to 30 days at room temperature.  Combined with our supplied packing materials, it also makes it safe for shipping… so no need to worry.

  • Are there any medications, probiotics, or treatment to discontinue before testing?

    For us to get the best possible sample, it is typically recommended that all anti-infective treatments (antifungals, antiparasitics, antibiotics) be stopped 3 days prior to sample collection. This should be discussed with a healthcare provider. 

    Probiotics should be stopped 14 days prior. All anti-infective treatments and probiotics should be listed on the requisition form, so our infectious disease doctor is aware of this when interpreting your results during the post- results physician consultation.

  • How does Aperiomics testing differ from what other companies offer?

    Most labs test for just one or a handful of pathogens at a time. Others are only focuse on one aspect like bacteria.  Aperiomics tests for ALL known pathogens at once!  This is the most comprehensive testing available on the market and one of the best options for identifying chronic or cryptic infections.

  • How do I get the results?

    Results are sent to healthcare providers securely and directly. For international patients, results are sent to you or your physician on file (if applicable).

    If needed, one can schedule a consultation with our infectious disease doctor on staff to interpret and understand patient results.

  • What do the results mean?

    A healthcare provider, analyzing our results along with the patient’s clinical history, will help patient’s understand the results of their testing. 

    We provide one-on-one support for healthcare providers to understand our reports and help your physician gain the context needed for them to diagnose and create a treatment plan.

  • How long does it take to get the test results?

    Upon receipt of the patient’s sample kit, it typically takes 2-3 weeks for a report to be generated and uploaded to the clinician portal.

     

    Once the report is generated and sent to the ordering clinician, the clinician can sign up for a complimentary consultation with one of our infectious disease experts on staff. Our on staff infectious disease expert will walk the ordering clinician through the report and provide them with insight, context, and understanding surrounding the report.

     

    When the ordering clinician wishes to schedule a complimentary consultation, they can do so on their clinician portal.

  • Do patients or customers need to be sick in order to have Aperiomics test them?

    No, patients or general customers do not need to be sick to be tested.  In some cases it may be desired to know one’s normal microbial population.  Aperiomics can perform a complete metagenomic microbiome assessment from any clinical sample. 

    Many patient’s have found it beneficial to know what their healthy body’s microbial state looks like to serve as a baseline for comparison in the event they do become ill in the future.

  • Why would there be a need to test multiple samples at one time?

    In some cases, if there is not a clear, single site of infection (or symptom), we will request that multiple samples be collected and tested.  In this case, we will request multiple sample to ensure the best possible results.

  • Is there anything to be careful of when shipping samples?

    When collected as instructed, samples are rendered non-infectious and stable at ambient temperatures for up to 30 days.  The supplied shipping materials will return the sample next-day, and thus no special concerns are needed when shipping samples back to Aperiomics.

    Your physician (for US patients only) and you will receive your results within 10-14 days after sample is returned to Aperiomics.

  • Do I have to be a doctor to order your testing services?

    Aperiomics typically requires a clinician be involved in the collection and ordering of our testing.  This allows for the proper documentation for potential insurance reimbursement, as well as allowing for proper interpretation of results for the patient.

    International patients do not need a supporting physician to order the test.

  • If I’m taking probiotics, will that affect my results?

    Taking probiotics while submitting a stool sample will severely hamper your results.  We recommend stopping all probiotics at least two weeks prior to submitting a stool sample to us.

  • Which sample kit should I order?

    KITS OFFERED: blood plasma, fecal (feces), urine, tissue, swab, sputum (deep throat saliva and mucus), cerebrospinal fluid, prostate secretion, and breast milk.

    *swabs can also be used for environmental tests, such as your home, floors, outside surfaces, etc. 

    For most accurate results, we test from the closest source of infection(s), where you feel your symptoms. For example, if you have an upset stomach or diarrhea, we would have you do a fecal kit, or for urinary tract infections, we would suggest a urine kit, etc.

    US patients require a supporting physician in order to receive the test. Typically, your physician can identify which test kit you will need.

     

  • Do I need a supporting doctor to able to order this test?

    US patients require a supporting physician in order to get this test. We cannot send you a test until you have a doctor who is willing to support you by reviewing your results and creating a treatment plan post result review.

    If needed, your physician can schedule a consultation with our infectious disease doctor on staff.

  • Why do I need a physician in order to get this test?

    In the US, it is required to have a physician to support you in order to have this test.

    The physician will provide ICD-10 codes for potential insurance reimbursement as well as provide result analysis in order to diagnose and create a treatment plan to get you better.

  • What exactly does “parasite” mean?

    We at Aperiomics define parasites as the currently sequenced parasitic worm, amoeba, and archaea genomes. Outside of worms this does not include multicellular things like mites or insects. Mites and multicellular organisms are typically glaringly obvious through a simple microscope and do not require the cutting edge DNA sequencing Aperiomics provides to diagnose.

  • Where do I get my blood drawn for a plasma sample?

    Your ordering healthcare provider typically has these services in office. If they do not a simple google search for mobile phlebotomist will suffice. If you are still having trouble locating someone to draw your blood then please reach out to us and we may know of someone in your general area.

  • What sample kits do you offer?

    KITS OFFERED: blood plasma, fecal (feces), urine, tissue, swab, sputum (deep throat saliva and mucus), cerebrospinal fluid, prostate secretion, and breast milk.

    *swabs can also be used for environmental tests, such as your home, floors, outside surfaces, etc. 

  • Do you ship kits/ serve patients internationally?

    Yes.

    We serve patients in most major international areas, and do this often.

     

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Aperiomics goes through great measures to ensure that your personal information and genetic material remain private and secure. Your individual information will not be sold, rented or leased to any third party without your express written consent. Read Full Policy

Research Participation

As part of testing, we invite all patients to participate in ongoing research to better understand infectious diseases. The purpose of this research is to study microbial flora, develop new testing, and to analyze the results of our tests at population levels. Your participation in our research study is completely voluntary and will allow the anonymous use of your sequence and demographic data. All personal identifiers will be removed from your sample to ensure complete confidentiality. If for any reason you change your mind, your participation in the research study can be stopped at any time and all residual samples will be discarded.

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