NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Nearing completion of a multicenter validation study, MDx startup Episona anticipates launching its sperm methylation test to diagnose male infertility and predict IVF success by the end of the third quarter this year.

Alan Horsager, co-founder, president, and CEO of Episona, told GenomeWeb that he and other co-founders started the company from an initial interest of predicting the health of future offspring — particularly the development of neurological disorders — based on analysis of a parent's sperm DNA.

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