CombiMatrix Launches Next Generation Sequencing for Pre-Implementation Genetic Screening

IRVINE, Calif., June 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (NASDAQ:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and screening, miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric diagnostics, announces that it will begin accepting samples for pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) by next generation sequencing (NGS) in mid-June.

PGS is a test performed on embryos of couples undergoing an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure and is designed to examine embryos for chromosomal abnormalities prior to implantation. This procedure reduces the risk for miscarriage and abnormal pregnancies and increases the success rate of the implantation and of a normal pregnancy. The NGS technology now being adopted by CombiMatrix and made available for all PGS testing provides unparalleled accuracy and sensitivity in the detection of both whole chromosome and segmental aneuploidies. Comprehensive coverage of the entire genome achieves increased clarity and higher resolution of both chromosomal and sub-chromosomal alterations. The highly streamlined workflow also reduces turnaround time for reported test results.

“PGS testing provides valuable information for family planning decision making and supports healthy pregnancies," said Mark McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of CombiMatrix. “PGS testing by NGS adds another accretive assay to our IVF offering and complements our current reproductive health diagnostics portfolio. This will allow us to build on momentum in our miscarriage analysis and prenatal diagnostics testing businesses with our established customers. As with all of CombiMatrix’s tests, we will provide our signature high-touch service model for this test that includes the genetic counseling support that is critical for complicated cases.

“We estimate the U.S. market for PGS at approximately $75 million annually and growing as more physicians and families recognize the benefits of this information,” he added. “This new offering is expected to drive our PGS testing volume through new customer adoption and improve gross margins as procedure volumes increase. As the vast majority of PGS testing is self-paid, this testing will also support our high cash reimbursement rate, which is an important aspect of our business model. We look forward to leveraging our NGS capabilities to bring other value-added tests to market in the coming months and years.”

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation provides valuable molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support to foster the highest quality in patient care. CombiMatrix specializes in pre-implantation genetic diagnostics and screening, miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric diagnostics, offering DNA-based testing for the detection of genetic abnormalities beyond what can be identified through traditional methodologies. CombiMatrix performs genetic testing utilizing a variety of advanced cytogenomic techniques, including next generation sequencing, chromosomal microarray, standardized and customized fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and high-resolution karyotyping. CombiMatrix is dedicated to providing high-level clinical support for healthcare professionals in order to help them incorporate the results of complex genetic testing into patient-centered medical decision making. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at or by calling (800) 710-0624.

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Company Contact:Investor Relations Contact:
Mark McDonoughLHA
President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation Jody Cain
(949) 753-0624(310) 691-7100

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