Ariosa Diagnostics said today that it tested over 40,000 pregnant women with its sequencing-based noninvasive Harmony Prenatal test for fetal aneuploidies in the third quarter of 2013 and over 150,000 women since its commercial launch last year.

The San Jose, Calif.-based privately-held company launched its test in May 2012 through a collaboration with Laboratory Corporation of America and has since expanded into 50 countries across six continents.

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