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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Start-up KellBenX is positioning itself as the David among the Goliaths of the non-invasive prenatal diagnostics space by building a test that it said can detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities beyond aneuploidies.

Following last week's announcement that Illumina had acquired Verinata Health in a deal worth up to $450 million, other companies that use Illumina's technology for their own noninvasive prenatal tests said the acquisition, though unexpected, ultimately validates the field.

Since Sequenom launched the first noninvasive prenatal sequencing test for Down syndrome and other fetal aneuploidies in October 2011, the field has exploded.

This article has been updated from a previous version to clarify the company's reimbursement goals for 2013.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - PerkinElmer will serve as the exclusive US marketing partner for Verinata Health's Verifi prenatal aneuploidy test under an agreement the companies announced today.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Ariosa Diagnostics said today that it is partnering with the Doctors Laboratory to distribute its Harmony Prenatal Test in the UK.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Illumina today said that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Verinata Health for $350 million with additional potential milestone payments of up to $100 million through 2015.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – National managed healthcare company WellPoint has revised its medical policy regarding non-invasive fetal aneuploidy screening, suggesting that it will begin covering tests such as Sequenom's MaterniT21 Plus test.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sequenom said Friday evening that it has received notification from the US Patent and Trademark Office that a patent that was scheduled to issue next week has been withdrawn.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Microarrays can provide more clinically relevant information than traditional karyotyping, and should become the standard approach in prenatal diagnostics going forward, according to a paper appearing tod

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