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Kalbe Launches New Panel in Genetic Examination

Kalbe Launches New Panel in Genetic Examination

Press Release No. 031/KFCP-DIR/PR/VIII/19

Jakarta, August 23, 2019 - PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) today through one of its subsidiaries, PT Bifarma Adiluhung, that produces the genetic testing product, Nutrigen-me; launched four new panels: hormones, methylation, inflammation and antioxidants, plus sleep and lifestyle. The launch of this panel was marked by a health discussion with the theme “Preventing Cardiometabolic Disease and Obesity with Gene Diet”; with speakers Dr.Win Johanes MS, SpGK, Chair of the Indonesian Clinical Nutrition Specialist Association Association Jakarta Branch; dr. Bibiana Bailo, Nutrigenomics Expert from the University of Toronto Canada; and Julito P. Siahaan, Head of Genomic Business of PT Bifarma Adiluhung. The launch of the new Nutrigen-me panel was held in conjunction with The 6th Jakarta Annual Meeting on Clinical Nutrition at Borobudur Hotel, Jakarta.

“Kalbe is committed to improving health for a better life for the community, one of which is by inviting Indonesian people to begin to understand body health through nutrigenomics-based individual genetic understanding,” said Julito P. Siahaan, Head of Genomic Business of PT Bifarma Adiluhung. “We collaborate with Nutrigenomix® in this case the University of Toronto Canada, in developing Nutrigen-me products in Indonesia where the examination uses saliva (spit) in the kit so that it is more practical, comfortable, and non-invasive. We currently have more than 70 gene markers and 11 panels, of which 4 new panels relating to our cardiometabolic health, lifestyle and hormones as individuals have been launched,” Julito continued.

“Nutrigenomic genetic examination needs to be done to find out the right nutrition in providing recommendations to patients to keep the body healthy,” said Dr. Win Johanes MS, SpGK, Chair of the Organization of the Indonesian Clinical Nutrition Specialist Association of Jakarta Branch. “Nutrigenomics is a breakthrough in genetic science that can support us nutritionists to provide appropriate consultations, genetically appropriate meal plans, and guide the physical activity of patients in order to obtain ideal and healthy body conditions, “ continued Dr. Win

“The collaboration between Nutrigenomix® and Kalbe is very appropriate in providing health solutions towards prevention methods, and thus the service for nutrigenomic examination products is urgently needed by the people of Indonesia today,” said Dr. Bibiana Bailo, Nutrigenomics Expert from the University of Toronto Canada. “Globally, examination of nutrigenomics has become a trend especially for people who pay attention to health. Health is not in the context of disease but rather the prevention of cardiometabolic diseases, especially heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure and obesity which is increasing from year to year,” continued dr. Bibiana.

“I have known nutrigenomic examination for a long time in several countries, until finally one of the doctors suggested doing this test and consulting with him. Initially I routinely went to the aesthetic doctor's clinic to treat skin health, also to keep my body weight ideal (weight management) by consulting the results of NutrigenMe to the nutritionist. I greatly felt the benefits to maintain a healthy body, especially with the recommendation of a nutritionist through a meal plan and exercise recommendations to help me and my family get a healthier life,” said Harumi, Beauty Influencer, Sports and Body Health Observer.

Nutrigen-me is a genetic examination product that links the needs of proper nutrition and exercise to support a healthier lifestyle. The Nutrigen-me examination checks 45 genes and currently increases to more than 75 genes with a total of 11 panels. The panel that drew most interest to discuss is the panel weight management and also the hormonal panel, by knowing these panels, we will know the dietary patterns that fit the individual genetic profile.

The advantage of Nutrigen-me over other genetic tests is in terms of gene selection which research has a stronger impact on our body's health. Nutrigen-me examination is quite easy by using saliva (DNA content from oral walls’ mucous glands) and accommodated in a kit complete with preservatives. This examination does not use blood because the DNA content of blood, hair and mucous of the mouth wall are the same so for patients it will be very practical, comfortable, non-invasive, avoiding risk of an infection, and fast.

Kalbe's Nutrigen-me is a genomic product from Canada (Nutrigenomix®) which is already well-known in the world of research and development of genomic tests alongside the University of Toronto. Nutrigenomic development by one of the pioneers, Prof. Ahmed El-Sohemy, along with a number of sports nutrition and health experts designed the DNA sequencing algorithm into a very applicable report and could be translated into appropriate recommendations for patients. The results of the report can be described in the form of a meal plan recommended by a nutritionist for each patient personally (personalized recommendation). Nutrigenomix® has just received an award at the 2019 NutraIngredient Award forum in the category of Personalized Nutrition Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nutrigen-me examination can be done by way of home service by contacting 0811-9002161 or through customer care 0852-81112343. In addition, you can visit the website and Instagram @dietgen_id to see articles, tips and directions for safe, gene-appropriate diet and support a healthier lifestyle.

PT Bifarma Adiluhung at a glance
PT Bifarma Adiluhung is a subsidiary of Kalbe that is engaged in genomics. Its current health products are Skingen-me for genomics towards skin health and anti aging and Kalgen Innolab that supports laboratory examinations including pathology, cancer, and genomics.

Kalbe at a glance
PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (“Kalbe”) was established in 1966 and is one of the biggest public pharmaceutical companies in Southeast Asia. Kalbe has four main divisions that handle reliable and varied brand portfolio: prescription medicines (Cefspan, Brainact, Broadced, etc.); health product division that handles over-the-counter medication (Promag, Mixagrip, Komix, Woods, Fatigon, etc.); energy and ready-to-consume drinks (Hydro Coco, Extra Joss, Nitros); nutrition division (ChilKid, Prenagen, Diabetasol, etc.); and distribution division. Kalbe currently has approximately 38 subsidiaries and 12 production facilities with international standard, and employs approximately 17,000 employees dispersed across more than 76 branches throughout Indonesia. From 1991, Kalbe is listed at Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX: KLBF).


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