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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Sequenom is looking to its deal with Quest Diagnostics and a new noninvasive prenatal test, VisibiliT, which it will launch in Europe for trisomies 21 and 18, to help drive new revenue growth, company officials said this week.

The San Diego-based firm's testing volumes in the third quarter of 2014 declined more than 3 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013 to 46,600 patient samples. MaterniT21 Plus tests remained stable year over year at around 38,500, although they declined by 2,300 tests sequentially.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

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