Existence Genetics

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Existence Genetics
Industry Healthcare, Personal Genomics
Founded 2005
Founder Brandon Colby, MD
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
Brandon Colby, MD, MBA - CEO & Medical Director
Services Genetic testing, analysis and reporting services of humans and animals
Website http://www.existencegenetics.com/ (NOT ACTIVE, Updated: 02-JUN-2013)

Existence Genetics was a genetic analysis and genetic reporting company that was founded in 2005 and declared bankruptcy on November 21, 2012.


The company was founded in 2005 by Brandon Colby MD,[1] who also served as CEO and was headquartered in Los Angeles, California.[2]

It provided the healthcare industry and health & wellness organizations with access to information about their client’s genes.[2]

The company used the Nexus DNA Chip, which was developed in-house, manufactured by Illumina, and run in a CLIA-certified laboratory in the USA.[citation needed] The Nexus DNA Chip was purported to test for thousands of clinically significant SNPs, DIPs, and CNVs, and be able to assess a person’s risk of over 700 common and rare diseases.[3]

In October 2010 Existence sued Wilson Sonsini for fraud and breach of contract concerning the law firm's representation of Existence in patent prosecution and over fund-raising advice.[1]

In October 2011, Existence announced an upgrade to their genetic testing and analysis capabilities that they claimed allowed them to test for over 1,200 diseases, conditions, traits, and medication reactions.[4]

It declared bankruptcy on November 21, 2012.[5]


  1. ^ a b Pete Brush for Law360, October 18, 2010. Existence Genetics Hits Wilson Sonsini With Fraud Suit
  2. ^ a b Staff, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Company Overview of Existence Genetics, LLC Accessed June 03, 2013
  3. ^ Steve Parker. "Existence Genetics Ramps up for Widespread Test Service Launch, Eyes Whole-Genome Sequencing". GenomeWeb. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Existence Genetics l Rare Disease Screen l Comprehensive Rare Disease Genetic Testing & Analysis". Existence Genetics. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Staff, business-bankruptcies.com. Existence Genetics, LLC bankruptcy information Accessed June 3, 2013