Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM), a life sciences company providing innovative genetic analysis solutions, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sequenom Laboratories, will soon launch the VisibiliT™ laboratory-developed test in international markets. The VisibiliT test utilizes maternal age, fetal fraction and the relative amount of chromosomal material for chromosomes 21 and 18 to generate a highly accurate, personalized risk score. The VisibiliT test is for pregnant women who want information about common fetal trisomies (Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome), have a single gestation pregnancy, and whose pregnancies are considered to be at average risk. The test can also report fetal gender. With the VisibiliT test, Sequenom Laboratories fulfills its goal to expand its noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) menu with the development of a low-cost test by year-end to facilitate international access.
“This is an important development because it makes an excellent test much more affordable and accessible to a wider spectrum of pregnant women throughout the world,” said Professor Kypros Nicolaides, M.D., director of the Fetal Medicine Foundation and the Harris Birthright Research Centre for Fetal Medicine at King’s College Hospital in London. Read more.