Michael Paul, Ph.D., CEO of Lineagen, Inc., Nominated for Prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award

May 14, 2018

EY (Ernst & Young) Award recognizes entrepreneurs “…whose boldness drives them to do things differently and change our world in the most unexpected ways.”

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Lineagen, Inc., an innovative genetics diagnostic company focused on advanced genetic testing and clinical information services for childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, and other forms of developmental delay, today announced that its founder, President and CEO, Michael Paul, Ph.D., was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award finalist for the Utah Region. Dr. Paul was nominated as one of three entrepreneurs in the Health and Life Sciences section of the awards.

“This award is a recognition of the great employees at Lineagen who have dedicated their work to helping individuals with specials needs and the more than 25,000 families who have trusted Lineagen to help in the clinical care of their children.  Together, we believe that there is no more noble a pursuit than to help others live better lives, which Lineagen has done by developing the most informative diagnostic testing service for children with neurodevelopment disease, in order to better understand the underlying genetics of their condition and thus obtain better medical management through their providers. Developing differentiated technology, like our FirstStepDx PLUS® chromosomal microarray tests and our NextStepDx PLUS® whole exome sequencing test and the services that support them,  such as facilitating insurance reimbursement, were instrumental in achieving that goal. But even more important was building a company and team of people whose hard work and collective purpose helps these children and their families every day,” said Dr. Paul. “At the end of the day, it is about the people you get to work with, and those with challenging health conditions that you are fortunate to serve, that embodies what Dr. Steve Prescott, Dr. Mark Leppert, and other founding partners envisioned and drove towards when the company was founded in 2006.“

In speaking of the nominees, Shawn Goff, Salt Lake City Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, and Director, Entrepreneur of The Year noted, "These… represent the exceptional ideas, leadership and innovation that have propelled Silicon Slopes and entrepreneurship in Utah. They have redefined how we live, work and play and we salute them for their invaluable contributions."

About Lineagen
Lineagen helps physicians personalize medical management for individuals with developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder by providing advanced genetic testing and clinical information services. Lineagen makes genetic testing accessible to everyone, from patient to provider, combining simple non-invasive sampling and advanced testing and information technology with dedicated service and support. Lineagen’s FirstStepDx PLUS chromosomal microarray (CMA) testing service helps providers pinpoint the cause of delay and develop a personalized healthcare management program for their patient. FirstStepDx PLUS uses a painless cheek swab for DNA sampling, with a detailed and personalized report that presents results in plain English. Families and providers can contact Lineagen’s team of certified genetic counselors for help prior to testing and aid in interpreting results. Additionally, the Lineagen team of specialists handles everything related to reimbursement, from pre-authorizations to appeals. For additional information, visit www.lineagen.com.

About Entrepreneur of The Year®
Entrepreneur of The Year®, founded and produced by Ernst and Young, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

Lineagen Contact:
David Jansen