SEngine Precision Medicine to Present at Society of Functional Precision Medicine Virtual …

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SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SEnginePrecision Medicine, a precision oncology company revolutionizing cancer diagnostics and drug discovery by pre-testing drugs on patient-derived tumor organoids, today announced that Chief Medical Officer Astrid L. Margossian, MD, PhD, will present at the Society for Functional Precision Medicine (SFPM) Virtual Monthly Seminar on October 14th at 11:30 am ET.

Dr. Margossian is leading SEngine’s clinical validation initiatives for the PARIS® Test, a CLIA certified cancer organoid based drug sensitivity test for all solid tumors. The presentation is entitled, “Predictive Clinical Value of a CLIA-Approved Organoid Based Drug Sensitivity Test,” and will highlight the data on the PARIS® Test, recently presented at the ASCO 2020 and ACCR 2020 annual meetings, inclusive of organoids sensitivity results, showing clinical correlation with genomics and previous clinical treatments. Registration for the live event is available for free at

SFPM’s virtual monthly seminar brings together distinguished guest speakers and through interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions focuses on these key topics:

  • Demonstrating the clinical utility of functional precision medicine testing
  • Implementing functional testing in precision medicine clinical trials
  • Accelerating the application of functional testing
  • Addressing stakeholder, educational and investment challenges for functional precision medicine

About PARIS® Test
The CLIA certified PARIS® Test is based on the capability to propagate patient-specific cancer tissue as organoids ex vivo and is applicable to all solid tumors including colon, breast, lung, ovarian and pancreatic cancer. Organoids are cancer-derived cells grown in 3D outside the body, which maintain the functionality of the original tumor as well as its genomic characteristics. For cancers where the path is not clear, such as many metastatic and recurrent cancers, the PARIS test provides crucial information to the treating physicians to match the right drug to the right patient.

About SEngine Precision Medicine
SEngine Precision Medicine Inc. is a precision oncology company revolutionizing cancer diagnostics and therapies by pre-testing drugs on patient-derived organoids grown ex-vivo utilizing patient specific tumor cells. As a spin-out from the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, SEngine is leveraging over two decades of R&D in diagnostics and drug discovery. The Company is commercializing the PARIS® Test, a next generation diagnostic test that predicts drug responses integrating knowledge of cancer genomics with organoids, robotics, and AI-driven computational tools. SEngine’s CLIA certified PARIS® Test generates predictive drug sensitivity reports for patients with solid tumors. SEngine is also pursuing drug discovery via strategic collaborations with biopharmaceutical / pharma companies leveraging its precision oncology platform.

Discover more at and follow the latest news from SEngine on Twitter at @SEngineMedicine and on LinkedIn.

Stephanie Carrington
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Virtual classes offer fitness and mindfulness at home

June 17, 2020



The University of Washington typically offers a broad schedule of health and fitness classes for the community. But with COVID-19 prompting closures of campuses and work spaces, gyms like the IMA Building also found themselves empty with in-person activities canceled.

“I knew we had to do something,” said Jeff Palmer, fitness manager for UW Recreation. “I wanted to make sure everyone was getting an awesome, fun workout.”

Now, Palmer is teaching several virtual classes a week, part of UW Recreation’s effort to make its activities accessible while people are physically distancing during the pandemic.

Danny Arguetty, UW Recreation’s mindfulness manager, also shifted from training new instructors to teaching virtual classes on meditation and yoga. Zumba instructor Karen Cornelio is leading free dance exercise classes in addition to other fitness and mindfulness sessions offered by The Whole U, an group that promotes wellness within the UW community.

They say that in addition to the positive benefits of exercise, the live virtual classes have helped participants create some structure and community in their lives.

“People are really craving that, at a time when things are out of control,” Palmer said. He said he’s also found a new audience of people who already felt uncomfortable going to gyms or who needed to be home anyway.

If you are not able to join a live class, many are archived in this YouTube library. The videos are open to the public, so anyone can view them.

“Virtual programming has just really, really taken off. We’re definitely going to continue virtual training even when we return to the IMA,” Palmer said.

Tag(s): COVID-19 • Danny Arguetty • Jeff Palmer • Karen Cornelio • The Whole U • UW Recreation

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Virtual Fitness Classes | Recreation

A group participates in a Total Body Fitness class.


A photo of fitness manager Jeff Palmer

Jeff Palmer

Join us for virtual fitness classes! Just click the links below to register through Zoom and you will receive further details on how to participate. Recreation fitness manager Jeff Palmer will guide you through these energizing classes designed to do at home.

Jeff is a 10-year veteran of the fitness industry and has his masters degree in exercise science. At a young age, Jeff learned the power and importance of health and wellness as he lost 127 pounds with the aid of a personal trainer. Since that time, Jeff has moved on to manage fitness programs at a variety of locations and he hopes to instill his passion for wellness in you!

Jeff is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and he has his American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Certification.


These classes are open to any and all fitness levels! All fitness classes will utilize your own body weight and do not require any equipment; please see below for full class descriptions. You will need about 4″ x 4″ of space to do these workouts safely. Working out on carpeting is recommended but not required. We also suggest wearing comfortable, non-restrictive clothes. All classes will be taught by Jeff Palmer, except Zumba, which will be taught by Karen Cornelio.

*FREE and open to all UW students, faculty/staff, family, friends, and anyone else who needs support during this time; all start times are in Pacific Time. Please click on class title to pre-register.

12 p.m. BOOT CAMP (50 min.)


4:30 p.m. ZUMBA (50 min.)

4:30 p.m. TOTAL BODY (50 min.)


Up for a challenge? Boot Camp will make use of a variety of body weight movements that will keep you guessing! The goals? Get stronger, move faster, and feel better in 50 minutes!

This 50 minute muscular endurance-based workout will provide you with the “fundamentals” of exercise and will make your body feel stronger and leaner!

Perfect for everybody and every body! Each Zumba class is designed to bring people of all levels together to sweat it out. Zumba takes the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and world rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

You’ll need some room to get down, supportive shoes, water nearby, and a towel.

*Keep in mind:

Your health and well-being are important to us at UW Recreation. The purpose of this disclaimer and notice is to make you conscious of the potential risks connected with any exercise, physical fitness, or training program, to

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