The new company, called Inex Innovate, aims by next year to introduce new tests for ovarian cancer and breast cancer in Asian women.
Illumina plans to upgrade all its NIPT customers to version 2 of its VeriSeq solution over the next year.
The company beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom line, driven by sales of its Panorama noninvasive prenatal and Horizon carrier screening tests.
The Cyprus-based company has been offering a cell-free DNA-based noninvasive prenatal test for fetal aneuploidies, called Veracity, since 2015.
During a conference call to discuss the firm's second-quarter results, CEO and President Francis deSouza also highlighted potential growth from clinical sequencing.
The company's diagnostics segment's revenues were up 6 percent, while its discovery and analytical solutions segment's revenues grew less than 1 percent.
The company's cofounders have developed methods for analyzing genetic material from fetal trophoblast cells isolated from the cervix.
The first application of the technology will be for noninvasive prenatal screening followed by cancer liquid biopsy testing.
The company had a profit of £3.4 million, or £0.01 per share, for the year compared to a loss of £9.6 million, or £0.03 per share, the previous year.
Under the partnership, Heidelberg-based Eluthia will become the primary distributor of BGI's NIFTY noninvasive prenatal test in Germany.
In a point-counterpoint in the Boston Globe, researchers discuss the potential of gene editing to prevent Lyme disease, but also the pitfalls of doing so.
The Wall Street Journal looks into FamilyTreeDNA's handling of genetic genealogy searches by law enforcement.
MIT's Technology Review reports that researchers hope to develop a CRISPR-based pain therapy.
In Science this week: atlas of malaria parasites' gene expression across their life cycles, and more.