NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – CombiMatrix today reported that its second quarter revenues rose 29 percent year over year, driven by 60 percent growth in prenatal microarray testing volumes.

For the three months ended June 30, the Irvine, Calif.-based molecular diagnostics company saw revenues climb to $1.9 million from $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. Its revenues were in line with the consensus Wall Street estimate.

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