QIAGEN receives U.S. FDA EUA for QIAstat-Dx test kit, first and only syndromic solution integrating detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
• First syndromic testing solution to be deployed in epidemic can differentiate novel coronavirus from 20 other serious respiratory infections
• QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel delivers results in about one hour
• Adds an important tool for clinicians as part of QIAGEN’s global mobilization to scale up testing supplies for the COVID-19 response
The QIAstat-Dx test kit can differentiate the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from 2o other serious respiratory infections in patients who may have similar symptoms in a single testing run of about one hour. It is a multiplexed nucleic acid test that evaluates samples such as nasopharyngeal swabs obtained from individuals suspected of respiratory tract infections. The newly approved panel includes assays targeting two genes used to detect the pathogen behind the disease, Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and is intended for use in laboratories certified under CLIA to perform moderate and high complexity tests.
“We are pleased to begin making QIAstat-Dx SARS-CoV-2 test kits available in the United States under the FDA’s emergency use authorization for clinical laboratories. The QIAstat-Dx syndromic panel adds an important tool for clinicians,” said Thierry Bernard, Chief Executive Officer at QIAGEN. “I am proud of our QIAGEN teams working tirelessly to implement 24/7 production of test cartridges and testing components. In addition to QIAstat-Dx, we are supplying RNA extraction kits under the QIAamp and EZ1 brands as well as numerous components and instruments for use in fighting this public health crisis around the world.”
The EUA approval status comes after QIAGEN announced on March 24 that it had begun shipping QIAstat-Dx SARS-CoV-2 test kits to the United States under a new FDA Policy allowing the kits to be made commercially available. QIAGEN has placed more than 1,100 QIAstat-Dx instruments worldwide in hospitals, clinics and laboratories, including over 200 in the U.S. since FDA clearance of the QIAstat-Dx Analyzer was granted in May 2019. QIAGEN received funding for this project in part from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Division of Research Innovation and Ventures under Contract No 75A50120C00014.
The automation system enables fast, cost-effective and easy-to-use syndromic testing with Sample to Insight workflows. A technician simply loads a clinical sample (such as a swab) into a single-use QIAstat-Dx cartridge and places it in the analyzer. QIAGEN chemistries for DNA and RNA sample processing and analysis are built into the instrument, and the QIAstat-Dx instrument delivers results in about one hour.
A vídeo on QIAstat-Dx can be found here
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.
Forward Looking Statement
Certain statements contained in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. To the extent that any of the statements contained herein relating to QIAGEN's products, launches, regulatory submissions, approvals and clearances, the duration of any such approvals or clearances, development or regulatory support from governmental agencies, collaborations, markets, strategy, taxes or operating results, are forward-looking, such statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that involve a number of uncertainties and risks. Such uncertainties and risks include, but are not limited to, risks associated with management of growth and international operations (including the effects of currency fluctuations, regulatory processes and dependence on logistics); variability of operating results and allocations between customer classes; the commercial development of markets for our products to customers in academia, pharma, applied testing and molecular diagnostics; changing relationships with customers, suppliers and strategic partners; competition; rapid or unexpected changes in technologies; fluctuations in demand for QIAGEN's products (including fluctuations due to general economic conditions, the level and timing of customers' funding, budgets and other factors); our ability to obtain and maintain regulatory approval of our products; the duration of the U.S. government’s declaration of emergency relating to COVID-19; the extent of development or regulatory support that we receive; the COVID-19 disease and any resulting or related disruptions to our business; difficulties in successfully adapting QIAGEN's products to integrated solutions and producing such products; the ability of QIAGEN to identify and develop new products and to differentiate and protect our products from competitors' products; market acceptance of QIAGEN's new products and the integration of acquired technologies and businesses; and the other factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” contained in Item 3 of our most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F. For further information, please refer to the discussions in reports that QIAGEN has filed with, or furnished to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).