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The study supports the use of Envisia to help with the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, particularly in patients without a clear radiological result.

Natera and Veracyte both received positive news regarding local coverage determinations from Medicare contractors, while the catalysts for Fluidigm's rise were unclear.

The LCD will enable coverage of Envisia in patients for whom imaging does not lead to a definitive diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

The company posted $25.8 million in revenues for the quarter, up from $19.6 million a year ago, as total genomic test volume grew 28 percent to 9,154 tests.

The index, which outperformed the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq this month, gained 11 percent and rebounded from its 11 percent loss in December.

Meridian CEO Jack Kenny said the firm needs to develop a new MDx platform, while Genapsys resurfaced with an update on its portable sequencing platform.

Veracyte plans to launch a new version of its Percepta test and present data for a nasal swab lung cancer diagnostic this year.

The index fell more than 11 percent in December, underperforming the Dow and the Nasdaq, but performing on par with the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index.

The company said that 20 medical centers in the US are now offering the Envisia Genomic Classifier through an early-access program begun in May.

After six straight months of gains, the index saw a sharp drop in October that even positive earnings news could not stave off.

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