Community Clinic has partnered with Fayetteville-based Namida Lab Inc. to participate in a clinical utility study of a newly developed breast cancer screening test.
The lab-developed screening test is called Melody. It analyzes proteins isolated from tear fluid. On June 15, Namida Lab launched the study during a free clinical breast exam event at Community Clinic Women’s Health in Springdale. Namida Lab is funding the research. It will run for eight weeks at no cost to patients.
“Our clinical utility study evaluates the clinical use of Melody – how it incorporates into a ‘real-world’ clinical workflow,” said Dr. Anna Daily, vice president of product development and innovation for Namida Lab. “From introducing Melody to the patient, collecting the tear sample, getting the results back and interpretation of the Melody results. We are hopeful that through this important study, we will be able to increase compliance rates in breast health care among underserved populations.”
Founded in 2019, Namida Lab is a clinical-stage diagnostic company operating a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified lab. In addition to the CLIA Lab is the Research & Development Lab, which works to develop medical screening and diagnostic tools. The team comprises prominent scientists and business professionals with more than a century of combined knowledge and experience.
“Community Clinic is excited to partner with Namida Lab, offering our patients access to the study and a new breast health screening option. We are proud to be involved with an innovative approach for women in our communities,” said Judd Semingson, CEO of Community Clinic. “Innovative and affordable solutions like Melody allow us to serve more women through their providers, whom they know and trust, to increase breast screening compliance.”
Founded in 1989, Community Clinic offers primary, dental, behavioral and other healthcare at a reduced fee for those in or near poverty and accepts patients regardless of ability to pay. It is Northwest Arkansas’ largest safety-net healthcare provider.