Sequenom said this week that sales of its MaterniT21 test are continuing to grow despite the recent entry of two competitive tests on the market.

Speaking this week at the Jefferies Global Healthcare Conference in New York, CEO Harry Hixson said that as of the end of May, the accession rate for MaterniT21 was 60,000 tests per year.

Adoption is "increasing week by week," Hixson said, and "we are pleased with the uptake of the test." Additionally, the turnaround time is now one week, down from 10 days.

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