NanoString Technologies sees its recently launched nCounter Elements general purpose reagents as the "single most important launch" of its life science business in years, and believes that the availability of the new product will encourage adoption of NanoString's technology in the laboratory-developed testing market, according to the firm's CEO.

Brad Gray also told investors on an earnings call last week that the Seattle-based company is making progress toward launching its Prosigna Breast Cancer Test in the US by early 2014.

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