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Description of Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Description of Business [Abstract]  
Description of Business

1. Description of Business

Nanosphere, Inc. (the “Company”) develops, manufactures and markets an advanced molecular diagnostics platform, the Verigene System, that enables simple, low cost, and highly sensitive genomic and protein testing on a single platform.

Basis of Presentation — The accompanying financial statements have been prepared on a going-concern basis, which contemplates the realization of assets and the satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business.