A Letter from our Founder on Artemis DNA’s Mission and Values
I founded Artemis DNA in 2019 following the death of my parents from cancer with a goal of making innovative, affordable and actionable healthcare solutions accessible to all. As such, our mission is making actionable genetic findings accessible to all people to facilitate the early detection and prevention of disease and our vision is improving the overall health of the population, one family at a time. Little did I know that our mission, vision and company as a whole would be put to the test a few months later when the world was plunged into a global pandemic.
Today, despite the challenges we faced growing a new business in an incredibly challenging environment, I’m proud to report that Artemis DNA is a full service, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified, College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited, high-complexity clinical diagnostic laboratory company with operating facilities in multiple states. We provide proprietary Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) genetic testing and diagnostic laboratory services for a wide variety of medical specialties, including cardiology, oncology, immunology, neurology, reproductive health and pharmacogenomics. Artemis DNA’s testing enhances the delivery of “personalized medicine” by assessing a patient’s own genetic makeup and clinical characteristics which allows for informed decision making in prevention and treatment choices. Artemis DNA also provides pre- and post-testing genetic education and counseling services, as well as conducting research and development to discover and develop additional novel diagnostic services. Simply put, we are a group of passionate and driven professionals looking to revolutionize the healthcare industry and ultimately improve the health of populations around the world, one family at a time.
From day one, Artemis DNA has lived by certain core values that are ever present in our work. These include accountability, results, teamwork, excellence in operations, making work fun, integrity, sense of urgency – “It’s in our genes.” We are proud of all our values, but as a female founded and led company, we hold accountability and integrity with particular importance, particularly when it comes to our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. The importance of ESG has been built into the very foundation of Artemis DNA and we view this as a critical facet of building any successful, sustainable and responsible enterprise.
Artemis DNA is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship in the life science and biotechnology industries. As we seek to continue our growth, we will be consciously aware of our environmental footprint and seeking to expand in ways that can minimize the environmental impact of our business on the communities we operate in. Wherever possible, we use vendors and contractors that share our commitment in slowing climate change and making environmental responsibility a priority.
Social responsibility is at the cornerstone of everything we do at Artemis DNA. Our mission, vision and values is reflected in our hiring practices as we focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, at all times holding ourselves to the highest standards. Giving back to the community is also part of the fabric of Artemis DNA, which is why we started the Artemis DNA Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to provide free breast cancer screening to women in developing countries.
Our approach to governance is to ensure our mission, vision and values are carried out over the long-term. By focusing on our core values, we seek to prioritize above all else our revolutionary goal of bringing the benefits genetic testing to all people. Knowing that our customers and human capital are our greatest assets, we seek to engage in thoughtful governance planning that will set us up for long-term success. Our Board of Directors will be comprised of highly qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds that bring varying perspectives to important discussions. In addition to the Board of Directors, we have several Key Advisors that provide invaluable counsel.
I invite everyone along on this incredible journey as we work to transform healthcare as we know it. We envision Artemis DNA continuing to grow into a leader in cancer genomics, pharmacogenetics, genetic counseling, always at the forefront of cutting-edge DNA technologies and analytics that enable precision medicine.