QIAGEN dramatically ramping up global production capacity for RNA extraction kits for use in detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
• Goal to reach global capacity for RNA nucleic extraction workflows for over 10 million patient tests a month by end of June 2020 and to reach capacity for 20 million monthly patient tests by end of 2020
• Welcomes FDA and CDC expansion of QIAGEN kits and instruments that can be used for RNA nucleic extraction step in workflows used for detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
• Anticipates CE-IVD clearance in coming days for SARS-CoV-2 Panel test for use on QIAstat-Dx syndromic testing, while working with FDA to gain emergency use authorization for United States
Hilden, Germany, and Germantown, Maryland, March 17, 2020 – QIAGEN (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced plans to dramatically ramp up global production capacity of RNA extraction kits that are used as part of workflows around the world to detect nucleic acid from SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
QIAGEN has historically allocated global production capacity to manufacture RNA nucleic extraction reagents to supply about 1.5 million patient tests on a monthly basis. Now QIAGEN is ramping up production capacity for these reagents to support a level of more than 6.5 million patient tests a month by the end of April 2020 and over 10 million patient tests a month by the end of June 2020. A significant capacity expansion project is underway at sites in Europe and the United States to reach more than 20 million patient tests on a monthly basis by the end of 2020 to support the response to this global public health crisis.
QIAGEN also expects to receive CE-IVD marking in the coming days for its newly developed QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel test to be sold as an in vitro diagnostic (IVD) for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. Discussions are continuing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authorization of this panel. QIAstat-Dx was the first syndromic testing platform selected for development through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) with a grant of $598,000 to support development activities.
“QIAGEN teams are working 24/7 to address the unprecedented demand for reagents that has emerged to enable testing for COVID-19 in terms of RNA extraction, as well as for production of tests for use on the QIAstat-Dx syndromic testing system,” said Thierry Bernard, Interim CEO and Senior Vice President, Head of the Molecular Diagnostics Business Area, at QIAGEN. “We continue to work with our customers around the world to assess their flexibility, timing and quantity needs to support shipping of RNA extraction reagents to the most critical areas. We are determined to help public health authorities and medical staff around the world respond quickly to those who are ill and prevent the spread of this disease.”
QIAGEN’s portfolio of RNA extraction solutions include kits that can be automated on the QIAsymphony SP platform, as well as the QIAcube and EZ1 Advanced XL instruments. In the United States, the FDA has designated various QIAGEN instruments and kits for RNA extraction: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/emergency-situations-medical-devices/faqs-diagnostic-testing-sars-cov-2#donothaveextractionplatform
Further information on QIAGEN’s response to the coronavirus outbreak can be found here
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) and Life Sciences (academia, pharma R&D and industrial applications, primarily forensics). As of December 31, 2019, QIAGEN employed approximately 5,100 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.
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