NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Oxford Gene Technologies plans to develop a suite of narrowly targeted, disease-specific next-generation sequencing panels for the translational market in cancer and inherited disease, and also is working on an array-based test for noninvasive prenatal screening, company officials told GenomeWeb.

Last week, the Oxfordshire, UK-based molecular genetics firm launched an ovarian cancer panel and a library prep kit that Executive VP of Research and Development John Anson said would be the first of a number of NGS-based panels.

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