3 February 2016 – Premaitha Health partners with Visional Medical to provide the IONA® test to pregnant women in India

Issued on behalf of Premaitha Health plc
Manchester, UK: Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Premaitha Health partners with Visional Medical to provide the IONA® test to pregnant women in India

Manchester, UK and Chennai, India – 3 February 2016 – Premaitha Health plc (AIM: NIPT, “Premaitha” or “the Company”) developer of the IONA® test, the first CE-marked non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPT) product, has signed an agreement with Visional Medical to provide access to the benefits of NIPT for pregnant women in India. Visional Medical is a new organisation based in the UK and India that aims to deliver better diagnostic tests to the developing world.

Visional Medical works closely with obstetricians and midwives throughout India to raise awareness and improve education on the benefits of using NIPT and establish links with local hospitals and clinics. There are nearly 26 million births every year in India but many pregnant women do not have access to any form of prenatal screening. However, this is changing and the private market for NIPT is growing rapidly – especially in the country’s metropolitan areas.

Visional Medical will provide pregnant women in India access to the IONA® test to safely and accurately estimate the risk of a fetus being affected by serious genetic disorders, including Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome. The IONA® test only requires a sample of maternal blood to analyse cell-free fetal DNA and provide a result. Blood samples from these pregnant women will be sent to Premaitha’s CQC-registered clinical service laboratory in Manchester where they will be analysed using the IONA® test and the results sent directly to healthcare professionals in India.

Dr Stephen Little, CEO of Premaitha said: “The potential market for NIPT in India is huge – there are millions of pregnancies every year and currently little provision of any prenatal screening. Our partnership with Visional Medical will provide a risk-free, rapid and reliable prenatal screening test to address this unmet medical need.

“This partnership also expands the geographical reach of Premaitha’s IONA® test into Asia for the first time and marks the fourth such agreement that we have made with specialist regional partners in the past three months. As we continue to accelerate our global footprint and reach of NIPT with the IONA® test, we can provide more expectant mothers with the benefits of using a safe, accurate and stress-free test.”

Dr Colin Ferrett, CEO of Visional Medical said: “We are thrilled to be working with Premaitha and we look forward to offering this advanced yet simple screening test to improve prenatal provision to the large population of pregnant mothers in India. Visional Medical’s mission is to work with cutting edge diagnostic tools to advance healthcare into the 21st century for the developing world.”

Premaitha’s IONA® test is more sensitive and specific than the current combined test and provides pregnant women and their families with a more accurate and reliable screening result, helping reduce the need for invasive procedures that carry a risk of a miscarriage.


For more information, please contact:
Premaitha Health plc
Dr Stephen Little, Chief Executive Officer
Joanne Cross, Head of Marketing

Tel: +44 (0) 161 667 6865
Email: investors@premaitha.com      

Visional Medical
Dr Colin Ferrett, CEO
Email: colin.ferrett@visionalmedical.com

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP (NOMAD – Premaitha)
Liam Murray / Avi Robinson
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7148 7900

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited (Broker – Premaitha)
Robert Naylor (Corporate Finance) /
Maisie Rose Atkinson (Sales)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7886 2500

Instinctif Partners (Media – Premaitha)
Melanie Toyne Sewell / Jen Lewis / Emma Barlow    

Tel: +44 (0) 207 457  2020
Email: premaitha@instinctif.com

About Premaitha Health
Premaitha is an innovative molecular diagnostics company employing the latest advances in DNA analysis technology to develop tests for non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPT) and other applications. Premaitha’s flagship product, the IONA® test is the first non-invasive in vitro diagnostic product for prenatal screening enabling clinical laboratories to offer CE-marked NIPT in-house for the first time.  

The IONA® test estimates the risk of a fetus having Down’s syndrome or other serious genetic diseases. The IONA® test has a higher detection rate and lower false positive rate than existing screening tests, giving pregnant women, their families and their doctors greater confidence in the result and reducing the need for unnecessary invasive follow-up tests and the associated anxiety and stress. The IONA® test is a complete diagnostic system that is simple and standardised, enabling Premaitha’s clinical laboratory customers to perform the test in their own facilities. This supports Premaitha’s strategy of accelerating the broad dissemination of NIPT tests to ensure that their benefits are available to pregnant women everywhere.  

Premaitha is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM). Its R&D, manufacturing and commercial operation is located at Manchester Science Park, UK. For further information please visit www.premaitha.com or email iona@premaitha.com.

About Visional Medical
Visional Medical is a new medical Company based in the UK and India. Our mission is to deliver new and innovative medical diagnostic tests to the developing world. We aim to deliver new diagnostic tests which may not yet be available regionally but which could improve healthcare and impact patients’ lives. The first test we are working on is the delivery of a new non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test for Down’s syndrome and other trisomy fetal abnormalities. For further information please visit www.visionalmedical.com.