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The company saw a drop in its Q4 sample accessions compared to the same quarter last year, but posted increases in both testing and revenues for the full year.

In Q4 Natera tallied revenues of $53.8 million compared to $49.3 million a year ago, falling short of the consensus Wall Street estimate of $57.1 million.

Natera and Qiagen have signed a 10-year agreement to develop cell-free DNA assays for use on Qiagen's GeneReader next-generation sequencing system.

The firm plans to launch a nasopharyngeal carcinoma test in Asia this year and is developing breast cancer tests to supplement mammograms.

Milwaukee, Wis.-based TAI Diagnostics is developing a PCR-based assay for cell-free DNA as a way to monitor the health of transplanted organs.

Technologies gained one of their first solid footholds in the clinical care of cancer patients with adoption into the treatment paradigm of lung cancer, while researchers turned their eyes to proving utility in other niches.

The China Food and Drug Administration had also previously accredited both the NIFTY test and the BGISEQ sequencing platform.

The new European initiative promises to deliver multiple new tests and methods for improving the treatment of breast cancer and rectal cancer.

The company said that it is working on cfDNA claim extensions for various PCR and NGS assays in its portfolio, which would be compatible with the new extraction system.

Labs reported on their work with kits from both Roche and Thermo Fisher, both of which have launched new commercial liquid biopsy products in recent years.

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