NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Premaitha Health has received accreditation for its new noninvasive prenatal testing laboratory in Manchester from the Care Quality Commission, a regulator of health and care services in England.

Premaitha's clinical laboratory, based in the Manchester Science Park, will provide testing services on an interim basis for customers who are in the process of establishing the company's Iona test in their own laboratory. In addition, the lab will provide back-up services for customers during busy periods.

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