PrenaTest® Performance Qualification


PrenaTest® for the determination of fetal trisomy 21 (test option 1)

The performance of the PrenaTest® Option 1 has been validated 2019 in a clinical study. The study results of the maternal plasma samples (n=1062) demonstrated a positive percentage agreement (PPA; equates to sensitivity) of 99,9 (lower 1-sided 95% confidence interval of 91.8 %; n=42/42) and a negative percentage agreement (NPA; equates to specificity; n=1019/1020) of 99,9 compared to NGS-based PrenaTest®. The negative predictive value (NPV) was 100 % (lower 1-sided 95 % confidence interval of 99.71%). The average fetal fraction of all examined blood samples was 10.55%. The qNIPT delivered also reliable results in a previous study at 54 blood samples with a fetal fraction below 4% and as low as 2.4%. The PrenaTest® Option 1 can be applied in the case of singleton pregnancies.


PrenaTest® Option 2 and 2 Plus as well as Option 3 and 3 Plus

Source: VeriSeq NIPT Solution v2 Package-Insert_Dok-Nr. 1000000078751 v06_Aug2021


PrenaTest® for the detection of the 22q11.2 microdeletion (optional for test options 2 oder 3)

Phase 1
A total of 469 samples were tested, of which 175 (37.3%) met the quality criteria. Three positive samples with a 22q11.2 microdeletion were correctly determined (3/3, 100%). All negative samples were correctly classified (172/172, 100%). There were no false-positive or false-negative results.

Phase 2
In a final internal blinded study, 20 samples from Phase 1 were examined. All samples were classified correctly. Due to the low number of cases a concrete test sensitivity and specificity cannot be derived.


Fetal gender determination

For PrenaTest® Option 1 the determination of the fetal gender is based on the proprietary qPCR assay QuantYfeX®. The assay applied for fetal gender determination has not been validated in a clinical study; however, it has successfully completed an internal methodological-technical validation, in which 1160 samples were examined. A –male– result is reported, if a Y chromosomal marker (SRY) is detected by QuantYfeX®. A –female– result is reported, if a Y chromosomal marker (SRY) is not detected by QuantYfeX®. In very rare cases the fetal gender cannot be determined. In this case the fetal gender is not definable and the analysis will not be repeated.



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