The Only Safe and Accurate Test for
Far more people are sensitized to foods with positive allergy tests than will actually react after exposure to the food. As allergists we need tests that will help us identify patients at risk for serious reactions. Allergezy aims to provide patients and clinicians with such a test. ~ Dr. Joseph Hernandez, Clinical Advisor;
Clinical Asst. Professor of Allergy and Immunology, Stanford University
Ayush Took Seven Tests. None worked.
In 2015, Ayush Alag took Skin Prick and blood sIgE tests to determine whether he had a true food allergy or mild sensitization. The results were inconclusive. His next step was to take the Oral Food Challenge, a test that has killed several patients. The four-hour-long, traumatic process was enough.
Ayush created Allergezy because every individual should receive a cheap, safe, and accurate test. Foods are meant to help us, not harm us. We plan to keep it that way.
I thought of Alastair, the innocent 3-year-old who had died during an Oral Food Challenge. In this day and age, how can we allow people to fall victim to a diagnostic test? ~ Ayush Alag, CEO & Founder
Past Work & Research
Our completely data-driven feature selection algorithm led our machine-learning classifier to diagnose at an accuracy of 100% on completely hidden data. In the process, we also found key genomic regions that may be associated with food allergy. Some of these genes were novel associations while others were found in previous studies, validating our methodology. Our team is collecting more samples through our work with Dr. Hernandez, and we are using a sequencing grant from Illumina to utilize those new samples towards improving our current predictor.