Natera

The firm is working on harnessing its ability to assess fetal fraction to develop new methods to predict fetal aneuploidy risks and pregnancy complications.

The firm recognized $63.1 million in revenues and processed 162,807 tests in the second quarter 2018.

Natera led the Index for the second month in a row after it announced that it intended to raise $75 million in a public stock offering.

The firm said it will offer 4.5 million shares of its common stock at $20 per share. It expects to close its follow-on public offering on July 16.

The molecular diagnostics company previously raised $180 million in its 2015 initial public offering.

Natera led the Index with a 61 percent increase in stock price, driven by the firm's announcement that it was entering the transplantation market.

The company outlined its plans to launch a kidney transplant rejection test that is based on cell-free DNA in 2019 and described its progress in breast cancer research.

The Belgian cancer center plans to evaluate Natera's ctDNA assay for evaluating response and detecting minimal residual disease in breast cancer patients. 

The firm said it would likely do a joint submission of its ctDNA assay to the FDA and CMS for approval and a national coverage determination.

The molecular diagnostics firm recognized $62.3 million in first quarter 2018 revenues, and it processed more than 164,000 tests.

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