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2011-04-21 05:00:00

NEW YORK, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KellBenx, a biotechnology company focused on the development of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) of genetic and inherited disorders, announced today that it has secured an initial funding round of $2.5 million from four investors - three biotechnology venture capital groups and one angel investor. The round will finance a clinical trial and laboratory testing of a new, minimally invasive blood test designed to identify risks to pregnancy...

2011-04-18 13:39:00

NEW YORK, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KellBenx, a biotechnology company focused on the development of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) of genetic and inherited disorders, announced today that it has signed an exclusive options agreement with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to research a new blood test that could predict the risk of premature births early in pregnancy - or even before women become pregnant. Preterm delivery (PTD) is the leading cause of infant mortality in the world,...

2011-04-07 19:02:10

A new study demonstrates that a procedure used in preconception diagnosis to identify eggs that are free of genetic disease might not work well in all cases. The research, published by Cell Press in the April issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, highlights the issues associated with analyzing the amount of mutant mitochondrial DNA in supporting cells as a proxy for eggs prior to in vitro fertilization. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preconception diagnosis (PCD) are...

2011-04-06 10:30:00

NEW YORK, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KellBenx, a biotechnology company focused on the development of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) of genetic and inherited disorders, announced today that it has signed an exclusive agreement with AdnaGen, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alere, Inc., to license specific antibodies. Under the agreement, KellBenx will have exclusive worldwide rights to commercialize the antibodies, which enable the extraction of clinically relevant information from...

2011-03-18 00:00:28

The Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies conference occurs in Philadelphia today through March 19 Philadelphia, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011 An international group of over 300 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. About one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States has some type of major birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant death. The...

2011-03-16 11:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international group of over 300 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. About one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States has some type of major birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant death. The Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies conference occurs in Philadelphia today through March...

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2011-03-07 07:40:00

Researchers from Cyprus report that a simple blood test can predict whether a baby is likely to have Down Syndrome. DNA differences between the mother and the fetus can be shown to accurately predict which fetuses are at risk of developing the syndrome, Reuters reports. "We believe we can modify this test and make it much easier and simple... (and then) we can have something ready to be introduced into the clinic," Philippos Patsalis, medical director of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and...

2011-02-16 07:25:00

MEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a study that was presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting in San Francisco, Biocell Center, the leader in amniotic fluid banking, together with a group of collaborators, confirmed that amniotic fluid collected during the third trimester of pregnancy is a reliable source of stem cells for regenerative medicine and stem cell banking. Amniotic fluid has emerged as one of the most attractive sources of mesenchymal...

2011-02-10 14:04:32

According to new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology In 1980 in the United States, approximately 4.5% of all pregnant women were of advanced maternal age. By 2007 that figure had increased to 14%. Women over 35 are at increased risk of giving birth to babies with trisomy 21. In a study published online today in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG), researchers from the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine confirmed that DNA sequencing...

2011-02-10 13:40:23

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of three centers in newly released landmark study Performing delicate surgery in the womb, months before birth, can substantially improve outcomes for children with a common, disabling birth defect of the spine. Experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) co-led a new landmark study showing that fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a...


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