By Monica Heger

As Sequenom gears up for the launch of its sequencing-based trisomy 21 diagnostic by early next year, it remains confident in its intellectual property and its likelihood of gaining reimbursement for the test.

Sequenom officials said that a patent the company holds for prenatal diagnosis via maternal blood will prevent competitors from launching similar tests unless they license the technology or come to some other agreement with the company.

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