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OpenCures is a new type of company focused on helping individuals and groups performing Self-Directed Research gain access to the research tools and educational resources they need to help them gain deeper insight into the biological nature of their health state. OpenCures provides an online platform where individuals can focus their combined knowledge and data on answering research questions they are interested in.
OpenCures helps the self-directed researcher provide a specimen and ships it to third-parties for analysis after which we return the results of the analysis to the researcher. The type of specimen and assay is determined by the self-directed researcher. The assay can be a standard FDA-approved or research-grade assay.
OpenCures can also help the self-directed researcher access research tools to measure functional biomarkers of aging, including memory, reaction time, hearing acuity, decision speed, tactile sense, and lung function.
Additional methods to measure one’s biological state are continually being evaluated by OpenCures as new research and technology become available. We only provide access to gold standard high-quality assays according to the requirements of the self-directed research program of the individual..
In addition to forwarding the reports provided by third-party assay providers, at the direction of the researcher, OpenCures may provide unbiased reference educational material from the scientific literature which may help the researcher achieve their research goals. Interpretation of results by OpenCures may include statistical analysis of biomarker data relative to reference populations, with deviations and known correlations from peer reviewed scientific literature flagged.
IMPORTANT: The results of the assays and the educational resources which OpenCures provides to clients are NOT intended to be used to diagnose or treat any health condition or disease. Although the reports from the third-party assay providers may be FDA-approved, those provided by OpenCures may not be, and no claims are made as to their suitability for any purpose or decision made by the self-directed researcher.
For some services, you will need to provide venous blood. Blood is drawn by a licensed phlebotomist. You may experience dizziness, temporary pain and/or bruising at the needle stick site, and very rarely, infection.
Although testing is done with quality controls, laboratory errors are possible. Your age, genetic background, sex, environment, and other factors may influence and affect the relevance of your reports. You may find information in the reports that are surprising to you. In this case, should such results be of concern you should seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional before making any medical decisions regarding your health. However, you should be careful when sharing results obtained through OpenCures as any information you share with your healthcare provider may be entered into your medical chart and may be accessible to other healthcare providers and/or insurance companies.
OpenCures asserts that the individual owns their data and biospecimens and can request their data and/or biospecimens be unshared or removed at any time. Any results or data entered into the OpenCures Platform is stored in a secure HIPAA- and GDPR-compliant manner. OpenCures does not share data with law enforcement or regulatory authorities unless required by law. No security measures are absolute however and there is a small chance for a loss of confidentiality (e.g., unauthorized users gain access to sensitive and protected data about you).
- Access to cutting edge research tools
- Ability to compare your shared results with the shared results of others.
- Ability to compare shared research methods and protocols with others
- Ability to participate in community-directed research through collaboration with other individuals and groups
If you decide to share your data and biospecimens, you may experience health benefits from the insights gained through the interaction with others who also share their data and biospecimens. In addition to the potential direct personal health benefits you may experience by sharing data, researchers who share their data in the open access OpenCures Database will benefit by being privy to the early discoveries and findings which could lead to further health insights that could benefit them. Finally, the public-facing portion of the OpenCures Database will be available to researchers all over the world with potential benefits to public health.
By default, your data is not used or shared in any way by OpenCures except to be processed for delivering initial and periodically updated reports to you. With this consent, OpenCures may use shared data and/or biospecimens for the purpose of research and in case of such use, the owner is notified of such usage.
What I am consenting to:
- Collection of blood and other biological samples by OpenCures for assays that you order.
- OpenCures sending your biological samples to assay/testing providers (using de-identified sample numbers).
- Secure and private (not shared) storage of your data in the OpenCures Platform.
- Secure and private (not shared) storage of biobanked samples by OpenCures.
By agreeing to this general consent, I acknowledge that all services provided by OpenCures are done at my request and reports generated are for the purpose of my own research and gaining information on my health status. Any direct contact between me and other OpenCures members are initiated by each other. Any collaborative research and action taken by me and/or other OpenCures members are not directed by nor the responsibility of OpenCures.
What I am consenting to:
- My name, contact, and billing information will not be shared without my express permission.
- My biological data will be anonymously available to researchers through the OpenCures Database.
- My samples stored in the OpenCures Biobank may be shared for research.
By agreeing to this research consent I acknowledge that all sharing through the OpenCures Database and BioBank is for the purpose of my own research and collaboration with others to minimize the time to the development of cures and interventions able to maintain health and prevent disease.