This article was originally published Dec. 12.

Verinata Health said last week that is has relocated its corporate headquarters and laboratory to a "much larger" facility in Redwood City, Calif.

The move comes as the company prepares to launch in the first quarter of 2012 a next-generation sequencing-based non-invasive prenatal test for multiple chromosomal abnormalities. According to CEO Caren Mason, the new facility demonstrates the firm's "commitment to appropriately prepare for the growth and expansion expected with the launch" of the test.

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