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QIAGEN Acquires AmniSure International to Add Unique Assay to Emerging Point of Need Portfolio
Date:5/3/2012

HILDEN, Germany and GERMANTOWN, Maryland, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --


  • QIAGEN expands Point of Need portfolio with unique AmniSureassay to detect rupture of fetal membranes (ROM) - checked in up to 30% of U.S. pregnancies
  • Novel FDA-cleared test is highly synergistic with QIAGEN's clinical sales channels

QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the acquisition of AmniSure International LLC, a privately owned Boston company that markets the AmniSure assay for determining whether a pregnant woman is suffering rupture of fetal membranes (ROM), a condition in which fluid leaks from the amniotic sac prematurely.

As many as 30% of pregnant women are checked in clinical settings for ROM, a widespread cause of premature delivery and complications requiring admission to neonatal intensive care units. AmniSure is a Point of Need test that provides quick and highly reliable results in an emergency room, birthing center or clinic. Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs), who are the primary prescribers of AmniSure in pregnancy, also routinely screen patients for human papillomavirus (HPV) as part of cervical cancer prevention testing.

"We are very pleased to bring the AmniSure assay into our emerging portfolio of solutions for Point of Need diagnostics. This very accurate diagnostic test contributes significant value in the management of pregnancy and adds to QIAGEN's portfolio of tests and in particular for the OB/GYN market that also includes our gold-standard digene HPV Test. Our clinical sales force in the U.S., which primarily serves the OB/GYN market, offers significant synergies to drive adoption of Am
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