Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Service

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What is non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) ?

When you’re pregnant, your blood contains fragments of your baby’s DNA. A non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is a new type of screening test that analyses this circulating DNA in a sample of your blood to predict the risk of your baby having certain genetic abnormalities. Collecting your blood sample for NIPT poses no threat to your baby. inqaba biotec offers through its partner Sequenom laboratories 3 distinct NIPT tests:

  • MaterniT GENOME
  • MaterniT21 PLUS
  • VisibiliT


Choosing the right non-invasive prenatal test

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 About Sequenom Laboratories

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) was pioneered by Sequenom Laboratories in 2011, and since then, several hundred thousand pregnant women worldwide have benefited. Many have avoided potentially unnecessary invasive procedures while still gaining important information about the health of their pregnancies.

With Sequenom Laboratories’ recent scientific advancements, they have enabled non-invasive prenatal testing to reach even more pregnant women looking for relevant genetic information about their pregnancy.

Sequenom Laboratories is the first provider to offer three distinct non-invasive prenatal testing choices with the MaterniT GENOME, MaterniT21 PLUS and the VisibiliT laboratory-developed tests. MaterniT GENOME is the most comprehensive NIPT to date and has shown to deliver up to 25% more clinically relevant chromosomal information than other NIPT.



For more information and/or to order a kit, please contact us on:

Availability of MaterniT Genome and MateniT21 Plus

Info for doctors

Sample Reports



MaterniT Genome

Genetic counselling

Genetic counselling support is available for patients with positive test results.



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  2. Mazloom AR, Dzakula Z, Oeth P, Wang H, et al. Noninvasive prenatal detection of sex chromosomal aneuploidies by sequencing circulating cell-free DNA from maternal plasma. Prenat Diagn. 2013;33(6):591-597.
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  6. Kim S, et al. Application of risk-score analysis to low-coverage sequencing data for noninvasive detection of trisomy 21 and trisomy 18. Poster presented at the 18th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy; July 2014; Brisbane, Australia.

Contact Details

Southern Africa

  • Inqaba Biotechnical Industries (Pty) Ltd.
  • PO Box 14356, Hatfield 0028
  • Pretoria, South Africa

  • Tel: +27 12 343 5829
  • Fax: +27 86 677 8409
  • E-mail:

East Africa

  • inqaba biotec East Africa Ltd.
  • PO Box 1846
  • Nairobi 00606, Kenya

  • Tel: +254 735 370 693
  • Fax: +27 86 677 8409
  • E-mail:

West Africa

  • inqaba biotec West Africa Ltd.
  • PMB 5320, Oyo Road, Ibadan 200001
  • Oyo State, Nigeria

  • Tel: +‎234 805 882 7272
  • Fax: +27 86 677 8409
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