Under the terms of the agreements, QIAGEN will receive kits for a PCR-based molecular assay for HIV-1 viral load testing in the U.S. and Canada which will be commercialized under QIAGEN's brand. This test will enable healthcare professionals to measure the viral load of HIV infections in patients. It is expected that the new HIV-1 test will be available by 2012, thereby adding to QIAGEN's pipeline of U.S. regulatory submissions which is expected to also include a quantitative HBV (Hepatitis B) test. In addition, Abbott will provide a quantitative HCV (Hepatitis C) test which will be optimized and labeled for use on QIAGEN's QIAsymphony RGQ instrument and marketed under the Abbott brand in the U.S. and Canada. Subject to regulatory approval, this test may be available by the end of 2012.
QIAGEN will supply Abbott with certain key products required for a PCR-based HPV (human papillomavirus) test in the U.S. and Canada. This test will run on Abbott's m2000 lab automation system which features throughput up to 96 samples per run. QIAGEN itself will continue to address the HPV screening market with its prevention platform QIAensemble which is designed to process up to 2,000 samples per shift. Technologies which are the basis of QIAGEN's current and next-generation HPV screening assays are not subject to the transaction.
Tests for HIV and HCV are currently among the most widely used commercial
applications in molecular diagnostics, with U.S. markets estimated to be in
the range of US$ 180 and 140 million in annual sales, respectively.
Laboratories with molecular diagnostic capabilities usually include these
frequently performed assays in their testing me
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