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Sequenom Completes International Distribution Agreements To Expand Access To MaterniT21 PLUS Prenatal Testing Service
Date:8/28/2012

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM), a life sciences company providing innovative diagnostic testing and genetic analysis solutions, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine (Sequenom CMM), has completed several international distribution agreements that will expand access to the MaterniT21 PLUS testing service outside the United States. Agreements in Asia cover Japan and Hong Kong; in Europe cover the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and the Netherlands; and in the Middle East, cover Israel.

The announcement of these agreements follows recent news that Sequenom's current licensee in Europe, LifeCodexx, gained CE Marking for their trisomy 21 test, the PraenaTest®, using the Sequenom-licensed technology and has made it available as a testing service at prenatal clinics and hospitals in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

"We believe the completion of these international agreements represents an important advance in access to and future adoption of our technology in the international prenatal care market," said Harry F. Hixson, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Sequenom, Inc. "We look forward to working closely with each of our partners in these countries and to continuing our efforts to further expand access for expectant parents around the world."

The distribution agreements further support total volume increases and goals for the company for 2012. As of August 18, 2012, Sequenom CMM had accessioned nearly 27,000 MaterniT21 PLUS test samples since the beginning of the year, and the company increased its 52-week run rate from 65,000 to 70,000 total samples.  The company has also completed its previously announced sales force expansion, with more than 70 field representatives now active across the United States.

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