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By HotStockRockets | Wednesday 2 November 2016
Disclosure: Financial Investigative Media Limited, which is not owned by Tom Winnifrith but by a trust for his dependants, owns shares in companies mentioned in this article. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
The Government has announced that as of 2018 it will offer free Non Invasive Prenatal Tests (NIPT) for Downs to women deemed to be at high risk - that is those over 38 years old. Right now it costs you £180 to have an NIPT test rather than an invasive one which has a 1% chance of killing your baby.
So there will clearly be a good take-up of the test and with Premaitha (NIPT) already having contracts with 50 NHS Hospitals it is well placed - assuming it beats Illumina in Court - to win a good share of the market.
The shares have motored ahead to 10p-10.5p on the news. that is still way down on what has been a dire share tip thanks entirely to Illumina's antics. But we expect more news of hard contract wins which will, at worst, support current forecasts to flow through soon and that this will drive a material re-rating over the next few months. The stance remains buy.
We are aware that the Iona test has raised some moral questions and these are discussed by Tom Winnifrith in an article HERE
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