Sequenom Inc was incorporated in 1994 under the laws of the State of Delaware. It is a life science company providing revolutionary genomic and genetic analysis solutions for the molecular diagnostic and clinical research markets. It develop and commercialize molecular diagnostics testing services that target and serve molecular diagnostics markets, and also develop and commercialize research use genetic analysis products and services that target and serve discovery and clinical research markets. It offers its services and products in the United States and international emphasis in countries like European and Asia-Pacific regions. The Company operates in two operating segments; Sequenom Laboratories and Sequenom Bioscience. Sequenom Laboratories provides molecular based, laboratory developed tests, or LDTs, with a focus principally on prenatal diseases and conditions and ophthalmological diseases and conditions. Sequenom Bioscience provides technology and research tools for genetic analysis and applications in translational research, clinical research, pharmacogenomics, oncology, and agricultural genomics. The Company's competitors include; Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., Beijing Genomics Institute, Cellscape Corp., Celula Inc., Ikonysis, Inc., Kellbenx, Inc., Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Inc., Natera, Perkin Elmer, Inc., Quest Laboratories, Verinata and others. Its patent portfolio, including in-licensed patent rights, includes approximately 638 issued or allowed patents in the United States and other industrial nations throughout the world. Its prenatal diagnostic patent portfolio includes exclusive rights to numerous in-licensed issued patents. The Company is subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the use, storage, handling and disposal of such materials and chemicals, as well as certain waste products.