Dedicated to helping families affected by autism
MARABio Systems Inc. is a northern California based autism-oriented specialty company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative testing products for autism based on work by the scientific founder from the UC Davis MIND Institute, Dr. Judy Van de Water. MARABio’s products identify and counsel prospective mothers, or mothers who have had a child with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), who are at increased risk of bearing a second child with an ASD. Further, the MARABio test will vastly improve the early diagnosis and initiation of therapy for children with ASD. Early behavioral intervention therapy is widely recognized to have a positive impact on quality of life for individuals with autism. Ultimately, knowing if a child has autoantibody related autism (MARA) may help therapists tailor their intervention approaches for better outcomes in the future.
The company does not offer the test during pregnancy.
MARABio has exclusively licensed a unique technology from the UC Davis MIND institute that is capable of identifying an unusual and distinctive cluster of antibodies that are directed against proteins in the developing brain in 20-26% of mothers whose children are diagnosed with ASD. The autoantibodies leading to maternal autoantibody related autism (hence MARA) cross the placenta, along with healthy IgG antibodies, beginning on about day 100, and cause changes in the developing brain. This results in variations of ASD from mild to severe, based on the pattern of reactivity. The MARABio test can identify mothers with such antibodies who are at risk of bearing children with ASD. In addition, if a child exhibits signs of developmental delay and the mother has MARA, specific beneficial behavioral therapies could be initiated much earlier.
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