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Natera Expands Panorama™ to Include Detection of Triploidy, Following Publication of Validation Data in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy


10/14/2013 9:18:45 AM

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Natera Expands PanoramaTM to Include Detection of Triploidy, Following Publication of Validation Data in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy

SAN CARLOS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Natera, a leading innovator in prenatal genetic testing, today announced that, following publication of validation data in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy, its non-invasive prenatal test Panoramaâ„¢ is being expanded to offer detection of triploidy. Natera launched Panorama in March 2013 for the detection of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome), trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) and monosomy X (Turner syndrome). Additionally, Natera is now offering improved turnaround time of 7 to 10 calendar days. The data, from a study by Professor Kypros Nicolaides of the Fetal Medicine Foundation, showed that Panorama differentiated between triploid and euploid cases in 56 blinded samples with 100 percent accuracy. Triploidy occurs when a fetus has three copies of every chromosome, resulting in 69 total chromosomes instead of 46. The condition affects an estimated 1 of 1000 pregnancies at 10 weeks gestation, which is more common than trisomy 13 and trisomy 18. Triploidy is always terminal, with pregnancies ending either in miscarriage, stillbirth or death shortly after birth. Pregnancies that end after the first trimester also present emotional trauma and significant physical complications for the mother, including increased risk of pre-eclampsia, hemorrhaging, molar placentas and choriocarcinoma, a form of cancer that occurs in the uterus. Early detection is important as it allows for necessary medical attention and clinical care for the mother.

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