Elucigene has been developing in vitro diagnostics for oncology and reproductive health, including tests for cystic fibrosis screening and prenatal fetal aneuploidy screening.
A study of 10 commercial labs offering NIPT in the US found that none followed all recommendations for reporting results and informing patients and providers.
The addition of the Y chromosome detection will enable the firm to refine its already-approved MaternalFetalScreen T1 test to provide personalized risk assessment.
Horizon will help develop the cell line-derived reference material, St. George's will provide clinical samples, and the EMQN will run a validation study.
Under a proposed decision, to be finalized in August and become effective in late 2020, NIPT would only be covered for women with particular fetal trisomy risks.
Last week, Invitae launched its Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening test while Myriad expanded its Prequel Prenatal Screen to cover all aneuploidies.
The company, which changed its name from Premaitha Health last month, saw a 73 percent increase in testing volumes during the first half of fiscal year 2018.
During the first year of the TRIDENT-2 study, 74,000 women opted for NIPT, which was switched from in-house-developed platforms to Illumina's VeriSeq in May of this year.
By early 2020, the UK company plans to develop a version of its Iona test that uses Illumina's sequencing technology.
Although the two studies seem to provide conflicting results on the impact of PGS, the "devil's in the details," according to an outside expert.