IRVINE, Calif., July 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company performing DNA-based testing services for developmental disorders and cancer diagnostics, today announced that its chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) test to identify development disorders in pediatric patients, the CombiSNP™ Array for Pediatric Analysis, has received conditional approval from the New York Department of Health for testing on patient samples. In 2013, the New York Department of Health granted CombiMatrix approval to market its CombiSNP™ CMA test for miscarriage analysis.
CMA testing for pediatric development disorders, such as the company's CombiSNP™ CMA test, is recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics for individuals with developmental delays, birth defects, physical deformities or autism or autism spectrum disorder. Such tests enable parents and physicians to determine whether the child's abnormality is caused by a genetic defect. If so, the condition can be addressed in a number of ways including watching for health conditions associated with the abnormality, providing eligibility for services such as speech or physical therapy and to evaluate the risk to future pregnancies.
"Gaining the conditional license enables us to market and sell the CombiSNP™ Array throughout New York State for pediatric development disorders," said Mark McDonough, chief executive officer of CombiMatrix. "We have focused our market development activities on our miscarriage analysis test over the past year and now we plan to expand our activity to address pediatric disorders. Since last year, we have been selling directly to customers as well as through distribution partnerships. In the meantime, we look forward to working with the New York Department of Health to obtain full approval for this important test to assist patients and their physicians."
Under conditional approval, CombiMatrix will be able to market the test in New York while the test is under Clinical Laboratory Reference System review. Upon completion of the review, either the test will receive full marketing approval or additional information will be required in order to achieve final approval.
About CombiMatrix Corporation
CombiMatrix Corporation provides valuable molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support for the highest quality of care – specializing in miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric healthcare. CombiMatrix offers comprehensive testing services for the detection of abnormalities of genes at the DNA level beyond what can be identified through traditional technologies. The Company performs genetic testing utilizing microarray, FISH, PCR and G-Band chromosome analyses. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at www.combimatrix.com or by calling 1-800-710-0624.
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