CombiMatrix Launches Targeted Array for Prenatal Analysis

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for pre- and postnatal developmental disorders, today announced the launch of its Targeted Array for Prenatal Analysis. This new test offers the superior diagnostic power of microarray analysis for the detection of clinically relevant microdeletion and microduplication disorders, while minimizing the risk of identifying a variant of uncertain significance (VOUS) on chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis samples.

"Feedback from genetic counselors and maternal fetal medicine specialists that utilize our prenatal diagnostic tests has been incredibly positive," said Mark McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of CombiMatrix. "However, these tests provide a significant amount of information. Genetic counselors have requested a test option that focuses on the chromosomal abnormalities that are clinically meaningful to their practices so that they can more efficiently communicate the results and recommended next steps to their patients, and this array offers this advantage. This launch enables CombiMatrix to continue to build momentum and position ourselves as a leader in the prenatal diagnostic testing market. As a high-touch laboratory focused on the needs of our customers, we have responded to the requests of clinicians to offer this targeted approach in our continuous effort to be their best partner in patient care."

CombiMatrix will begin accepting samples for this test effective immediately.

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 (949) 753-0624 Investor Contact: Robert Flamm, Ph.D. Russo Partners, LLC (212) 845-4226 Media Contact: David Schull or Lena Evans Russo Partners LLC (212) 845-4271

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