The Global Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Market is Expected to Grow at
The non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is a method to determine the risk of the mother’s fetus being born with certain genetic abnormalities. NIPT is a highly safe and effective means of screening for abnormal conditions such as Down’s Syndrome, Edwards’ Syndrome, Patau’s Syndrome, Monosomy X, and Turner’s Syndrome.
Currently, there are two types of NIPT methods that are available, massive parallel sequencing (MPS) technology and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) based method.
Growing shift towards cell-free DNA testing
The discovery of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based NIPT has created a rapid shift in the paradigm of aneuploidy screening in pregnancy. This is a simple blood test that can be done during pregnancy. Clinical validation studies suggest that NIPT is more accurate than combined first trimester screening (CFTS), with very high sensitivity (99.3%) and specificity (99.9%) for trisomy 21 (trisomy 21 syndrome). Down). NIPT is also safer than other invasive diagnostic techniques such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, which carries a risk of miscarriage (0.1-0.2%).
Development of advanced medical technologies for NIPT products
The development of next-generation sequencing technology has enabled the sequencing of fetal DNA fragments that can be assembled into a complete genetic map, allowing the fetal genome to be scanned prenatally and non-invasively. Developments in molecular technologies and the discovery of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma have also led to new methods of screening for fetal chromosomal aneuploidies.
Currently, various types of NIPT tests are available in the market such as Panorama, Vistara, MaterniT GENOME, Harmony Test, among others, which help in the detection of chromosomal abnormalities developing in the fetus. In addition, several recent developments have had an impact on the quality of care for pregnant women such as:
• In January 2022, QIAGEN entered into collaborations with Atila BioSystems to provide non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) solutions to the QIAGEN dPCR franchise.
• In June 2021, Illumina and Next-generation Genomic Thailand announced the launch of VeriSeq NIPT Solution v2 based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) in the country, which helps detect abnormalities missed by targeted testing.
“Prenatal care is a dynamic and constantly evolving field. The development of new molecular technologies and the discovery of cell-free fetal DNA are fueling groundbreaking advances to improve care for mother and child and to provide parents with options reproduction.”-Senior Director, Head of R&D Department, Sequencing & Array-based Company, USA
Key Market Challenges: Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Market
Some of the major challenges limiting the growth of the global non-invasive prenatal test market are stringent government regulations and limitations of NIPT such that despite its high accuracy, it is still considered as a screening test.
Geographical analysis: North America is the largest market for non-invasive prenatal tests
North America is the largest non-invasive prenatal testing market with >45% revenue share, followed by Europe. The increasing prevalence of genetic disorders in newborns coupled with increasing maternal age, wider adoption and the presence of major players working on fetal and neonatal care in this region are some of the major factors that drive the North American market. The market for non-invasive prenatal tests in Europe is expected to grow rapidly over the forecast period owing to adoption of latest technologies, new product launches and strong reimbursement framework for such tests in these regions. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to experience the strongest growth in the coming years.
Competitive Landscape Analysis: Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Market
Some of the established players operating in the global non-invasive prenatal testing market are Agilent Technologies, BGI Genomics, Cradle Genomics, Berry Genomics, Sequenom, Roche (Ariosa Diagnostics), etc.
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