NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Centogene, a German firm focusing on rare disease molecular diagnostics, plans to enter new markets such as somatic oncology and noninvasive prenatal testing as its existing testing business continues to soar.

The company has launched a number of new products and services over the last few quarters. This month, for example, it started granting paid access to CentoMD, its proprietary database of genetic disease variants, and late last year it launched a clinical exome sequencing test called CentoXome.

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