CombiMatrix's SNP-Based Miscarriage Analysis Test Granted Conditional Approval From New York State Department of Health

CombiMatrix Corporation

IRVINE, Calif., July 31, 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 SNP-based chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) test for miscarriage analysis, the CombiSNP™ Array for Pregnancy Loss, or products of conception, has received conditional approval from the New York Department of Health (NYDOH). This approval is for testing on fresh and formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) patient samples. Last year, the Company's CMA miscarriage analysis test for fresh tissue was conditionally-approved by NYDOH.

Over one-half of all first trimester pregnancy losses are due to chromosomal abnormalities. Older technologies, such as Karyotyping, are subject to frequent cell culture failure, but microarray testing is DNA-based, and does not require cell culturing. Unlike older microarray methodologies, the CombiSNP™ array can identify triploidy and molar pregnancies as well. In addition, the CombiSNP™ Array for Pregnancy Loss can use FFPE samples so the analysis can be performed if no fresh tissue is available.

"The availability of this SNP-based CMA test provides New York physicians the flexibility to either use fresh tissue or stored FFPE tissue when fresh tissue is not available," said Mark McDonough, chief executive officer of CombiMatrix. "In addition, this conditional license is the second this month, following conditional approval to market our CombiSNP™ CMA test for pediatric analysis, and the third since last year that we have received from the New York Department of Health. This approval enables CombiMatrix to market both of our CMA miscarriage analysis tests in New York state. We view these conditional approvals as validation of our regulatory and clinical capabilities to bring new test solutions to our customers."

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 or by calling 1-800-710-0624.

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CONTACT: Company Contact: Mark McDonough President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation Tel (949) 753-0624 Investor Relations Contact: Robert Flamm, Ph.D. Russo Partners LLC Tel (212) 845-4266 Media Contact: David Schull or Lena Evans Russo Partners LLC Tel (212) 845-4271

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