November 2018—Qiagen and Hamilton Robotics announced a collaboration to improve processing of Qiagen’s QuantiFeron-TB Gold Plus diagnostic test through the integration of Hamilton’s Microlab Star automated liquid handling workstation into the QFT-Plus assay workflow. QFT-Plus offers a single-tube option that enables screening in large-scale programs by collecting blood samples at patient sites and transporting them to labs for processing up to 53 hours after venipuncture. Use of the Microlab Star work-station will standardize and automate the manual steps in liquid handling for those samples, which can reduce hands-on time by 50 percent or more, provide greater ease of use, and ensure consistency in preanalytic methods.
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Dec. 7, 2018—Qiagen launched two novel products to deliver actionable insights on a wide range of blood cancers: a workflow for the Qiagen Clinical Insight Interpret bioinformatics solution for hematological malignancies, and the QIAact Myeloid DNA UMI Panel for use in myeloid neoplasm research using the company’s GeneReader NGS System. The QIAact myeloid panel provides …
November 2018—Qiagen has introduced an automated, CE-marked workflow for its Quanti-Feron-TB Gold Plus Blood Collection Tubes and a novel DiaSorin Liaison Test on DiaSorin’s Liaison systems. The launch offers Liaison customers high-throughput detection with QFT-Plus as part of the system’s broad menu, and QFT-Plus users will gain an option for full automation of laboratory handling to support TB control efforts. Customers using the new latent TB detection workflow for Liaison systems will purchase the detec-tion components from DiaSorin and the blood collection tube kits from Qiagen. The test is available in Europe and other markets, with an expected U.S. release in 2019 and in China in 2020. In a separate release, Qiagen and NeuMoDx Molecular announced a strategic partnership to commercialize two fully integrated systems for automation of PCR test-ing. Under the agreement, Qiagen will initially distribute the NeuMoDx 288 (for high throughput) and NeuMoDx 96 (for mid-throughput) in Europe and other markets outside of the United States; NeuMoDx will cover the U.S.
October 2018—Qiagen announced a collaboration with SRL, a large clinical testing laboratory company in Japan, to prepare for introducing new companion diagnostics simultaneously with new drug approvals. The nonexclusive master collaboration agreement for clinical laboratory research services will enable rapid implementation by SRL of Qiagen’s companion diagnostic workflows upon approval of the drugs and tests by Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency.