QIAGEN receives approval for EGFR test in lung cancer as companion diagnostic in Japan
PMDA allows use of therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR Kit for targeted treatment with Pfizer’s VIZIMPRO® (dacomitinib) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer
Hilden, Germany, and Tokyo, Japan, January 16, 2019 – QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Agency (PMDA) has approved the therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR Kit to allow its use as a companion diagnostic with Pfizer’s VIZIMPRO® (dacomitinib) for EGFR gene mutation-positive, inoperable or recurrent non-small cell lung cancer. The therascreen® EGFR RGQ PCR Kit is registered in more than 40 countries globally. This marks the first companion diagnostic approval for QIAGEN in Japan.
“As precision medicine becomes the standard of care in oncology, we are pleased to provide benefits to more lung cancer patients with our clinically proven therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit. Our collaboration with Pfizer has made great strides already and will continue to improve personalized healthcare for patients around the world,” said Jonathan Arnold, Vice President, Head of Oncology and Precision Diagnostics for QIAGEN. “In addition to detecting a comprehensive panel of EGFR mutations, the therascreen EGFR kit offers laboratories an efficient workflow on the Rotor-Gene Q MDx, the real-time PCR module in our widely-used QIAsymphony family of instruments.”
QIAGEN is a pioneer in Personalized Healthcare and the global leader in collaborations with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to co-develop companion diagnostics, which detect genetic abnormalities to provide insights that guide clinical decision-making on the use of drugs in diseases such as cancer. QIAGEN has an unmatched depth and breadth of technologies from NGS to PCR for companion diagnostic development and has been the market leader in companion diagnostics working under master collaboration agreements with more than 25 pharmaceutical companies developing companion diagnostic tests for their drug candidates. For more details surrounding QIAGEN’s companion diagnostics and their claims please visit www.qiagen.com. For additional information on Pfizer’s VIZIMPRO® (dacomitinib) please visit www.pfizer.com.
About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for an estimated 80-85 percent of cases. NSCLC remains difficult to treat, particularly because many patients are diagnosed with advanced or metastatic disease, where the five-year survival rate is only five percent. Mutations in the EGFR gene, generally somatic changes that develop during a patient’s lifetime rather than through inheritance, are implicated in an estimated 10-35 percent of NSCLC cases globally. Cancers with these mutations tend to respond to treatments that specifically target the overactive EGFR protein that causes cancer cells to constantly grow and divide.
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 September 30, 2018, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,900 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.
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