QIAGEN launches CE-IVD assay to detect Trichomonas vaginalis in both female and male patients on the QIAsymphony RGQ platform
Mar 05 2018

QIAGEN launches CE-IVD assay to detect Trichomonas vaginalis in both female and male patients on the QIAsymphony RGQ platform

New artus® assay enables detection of T. vaginalis from a broad range of sample types and expands sexually transmitted infection (STI) menu

Germantown, Maryland, and Hilden, Germany, March 5th, 2018 – QIAGEN today announced the European launch of the artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ Kit, a CE-marked molecular diagnostic test for the qualitative detection of the protozoan parasite T. vaginalis in both female and male patients. The artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ Kit is an in vitro real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay for detection of T. vaginalis DNA purified from clinician-collected vaginal swabs, endocervical swabs, and urine samples from symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. This diagnostic test is configured for use with the QIAsymphony SP/AS and Rotor-Gene Q instruments (QIAsymphony RGQ) and adds to QIAGEN's leading Sexual And Reproductive Health menu.

“The addition of the artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ Kit to the QIAsymphony RGQ portfolio reinforces QIAGEN’s commitment to helping labs provide a comprehensive suite of solutions to meet a range of clinical needs,” said Michael Nugent, Vice President, Head of Infection and Immune Diagnostics, at QIAGEN. “This molecular test offers timely and sensitive detection of T. vaginalis in a wide range of sample types from both male and female patients.”

T. vaginalis is the most common, curable STI worldwide with 170 – 190 million new cases each year (1). The high worldwide prevalence of T. vaginalis infection and its coinfection with other STIs make Trichomoniasis a compelling public health concern. Trichomoniasis is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, postoperative infections, cervical neoplasia, and an increased probability of transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (3, 4). Trichomoniasis is thought to be widely under diagnosed due to various factors, including a lack of routine testing and the low sensitivity of the commonly used diagnostic technique of wet mount microscopy. Traditional, culture-based diagnostic techniques for T. vaginalis are ill-suited for routine screening, as they are slow, difficult and offer inferior sensitivity (50 – 80%) to molecular assays (5). In addition, nonspecific symptomatology and asymptomatic cases present an issue for detection since only about 30% of those infected develop symptoms of Trichomoniasis (2).

QIAsymphony RGQ Menu Expansion

The artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ Kit extends the STI detection capabilities of QIAsymphony RGQ and adds to the platform’s menu, the largest PCR portfolio in Europe. The QIAsymphony family of instruments features 30 different CE-IVD marked tests, including key market differentiating assays for pathogens important in transplant settings (BKV, CMV, EBV, VZV) as well as bloodborne viruses (HIV-1, HCV and HBV). This extensive menu allows customers to consolidate testing onto a Sample to Insight automation platform, saving costs and streamlining workflows. Additional flexibility is offered via open channels for user-developed tests.

QIAsymphony is an innovative, cost-effective, modular system that integrates a laboratory's PCR workflow from initial biological sample processing to final insights. In 2017, QIAGEN celebrated surpassing 2,000 cumulative placements of QIAsymphony, demonstrating the value that customers continue to place on this powerful, highly flexible yet easy-to-use system. Three modules make up the complete system: QIAsymphony SP for efficient sample processing, with continuous loading and gold standard protocols to process and purify samples; QIAsymphony AS, enabling safe and reproducible assay setup with multiple assays per run or sample; and Rotor-Gene Q, the world's first rotary real-time PCR cycler system, to make DNA and RNA sequences visible and quantifiable. QIAsymphony integrates with bioinformatics software for analysis and interpretation, as well as with Laboratory Information Management Systems.  

QIAGEN’s Leadership In Sexual and Reproductive Health

The artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ Kit complements QIAGEN leading suite of molecular tests for Reproductive Health screening, which includes an assay for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/NG) detection, the digene® HC2® HPV DNA Test, the careHPV® Test, the QIAsure™ Methylation Test, and the AmniSure® ROM Test.

QIAGEN’s digene HC2 HPV DNA Test, the gold standard for sensitive early detection of high-risk HPV, has been proven though 15 plus years in clinical practice, and millions of tests performed worldwide. The careHPV® Test has demonstrated the ability to reach women in areas of limited resources, providing a sensitive cervical cancer screening tool to underserved populations. The introduction of the QIAsure Methylation Test has the potential to revolutionize cervical cancer screening by giving physicians more information, which may allow them to make the best management decisions for their patients. QIAGEN also offers  the AmniSure® ROM Test, the only test for rupture of membranes (ROM) with published data to show correlation to the goal standard, Indigo Carmine, showing  99% accuracy.

To learn more about the artus T. vaginalis QS-RGQ Kit, visit www.qiagen.com/cmp/mdx/tvaginalis


QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions that enable customers to gain valuable molecular insights from samples containing the building blocks of life. Our sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective workflows. QIAGEN provides solutions to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (primarily forensics), Pharma (pharma and biotech companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of December 31, 2017, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,700 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.

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