SAN CARLOS, Calif., Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --Natera (NASDAQ: NTRA), a leader in non-invasive genetic testing and the analysis of circulating cell-free DNA, today announced that it will present data from Horizon™ carrier screen and Spectrum® pre-implementation genetic screening (PGS) studies at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Conference in Salt Lake City on Oct. 15-19, 2016. The diverse set of data that will be presented at the conference includes a PGS study on the incidence of triploidy, an underdiagnosed embryo abnormality that is estimated to occur in one to three percent of pregnancies; as well as real-world data that provides important insights on Duchenne muscular dystrophy and makes a compelling case for broad-population carrier screening. Both studies underscore Natera's ongoing commitment to pioneering tests that offer, from pre-conception to delivery, comprehensive and highly accurate, next-generation genetic screening.
"As a leader in genetic screening, Natera is committed to translating our innovative science into tests that make a difference in the lives of patients," said Kimberly Martin, MD, FRCSC, FCCMG, FACOG, FASMG, Senior Global Medical Director, Women's Health at Natera. "The clinical and real-world data that we're presenting at ASRM also demonstrates our growing commitment to finding better risk assessment options for patients dealing with infertility and other reproductive challenges. We look forward to sharing our detailed PGS triploidy incidence data, along with data in support of broad population screening for Duchenne – both of which highlight the advances in reproductive testing that now provide women with more options than ever before to aid in their reproductive decision-making."
Conference attendees can visit Natera at Booth #1923 for more information about Natera's in vitro fertilization (IVF) product portfolio, which includes the Horizon™ carrier screen to determine if patients are carriers of specific recessive and X-linked conditions, the Spectrum® pre-implantation genetic tests for embryo selection during IVF; the Panorama® prenatal screen, which screens placental DNA to determine if the fetus could be at high risk for specific genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, and the Anora® miscarriage test to understand the genetic causes of a pregnancy loss. Abstracts are available online.
Below is a list of the highlighted Natera presentations at ASRM:
Title: Triploidy: A critical yet under-diagnosed embryo abnormality: review of data from pre-implantation genetic screening via single nucleotide polymorphism microarrays with bioinformatics
Presenter: Katrina Merrion, MS, CGC; Certified Genetic Counselor; Senior Genetic Counselor Manager; Natera, Inc.
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 am
Session number: PO01
Publication number: P-142
Title: Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy: advances in reproductive testing options
Presenter: Sheraden Mundy, Clinical Content Associate Manager; Natera, Inc.
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 am
Session number: PO02
Publication number: P-706
Natera is a genetic testing company that develops and commercializes non-invasive methods for analyzing DNA. The mission of the company is to transform the diagnosis and management of genetic disease. In pursuit of that mission, Natera operates a CAP-accredited laboratory certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in San Carlos, CA, and it currently offers a host of proprietary genetic testing services primarily to OB/GYN physicians and fertility centers, as well as to genetic laboratories through its cloud-based Constellation™ software system. Tests include the Spectrum® pre-implantation genetic test for embryo selection during IVF; the Anora® miscarriage test to understand the genetic causes of a pregnancy loss; the Horizon™ carrier test to detect inherited mutations; and the Panorama® non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) to detect for common chromosomal anomalies in a fetus as early as nine weeks of gestation. Each test described has been developed and its performance characteristics determined by the CLIA-certified laboratory performing the test.
These tests have not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although FDA does not currently clear or approve laboratory-developed tests in the U.S., certification of the laboratory is required under CLIA to ensure the quality and validity of the tests.
Natera is also applying its unique technologies to develop non-invasive screening and diagnostic tools for earlier detection and improved treatment of cancer. These tests have not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, visit http://www.natera.com and connect on Twitter and Facebook.
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