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QIAGEN and Bayer HealthCare Partner to Develop Companion Diagnostics to Guide Treatment Decisions for Targeted Cancer Therapies
Date:10/25/2012

HILDEN, Germany, October 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • QIAGEN and Bayer HealthCare signed collaboration agreement aimed at advancing both companies positions in personalized medicine
  • The programs pair QIAGEN companion diagnostic solutions with innovative targeted therapies for patients with solid tumors developed by Bayer HealthCare
  • Agreement provides framework for further collaboration projects

QIAGEN (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA) and Bayer HealthCare today announced a collaboration agreement for the development and commercialization of companion diagnostics paired with novel Bayer HealthCare drugs, initially to enhance the treatment of various solid tumors. Companion diagnostics are tests that unlock molecular information from each patient's tumor genome to guide treatment decisions with medications for cancers or other diseases. The parties will also collaborate on the development of novel technologies for patient profiling which may result in innovative research-use-only products for exploratory and translational medicine. Financial details were not disclosed.

The targeted companion diagnostics will be designed to run on the QIAsymphony family of automated instruments, which is transforming laboratory workflows and helping disseminate standardized, regulator-approved diagnostics.

"We are very pleased to partner with Bayer HealthCare in developing companion diagnostics to improve life for cancer patients. As healthcare providers increasingly select the right drugs based on each individual's genomic information, the treatment of cancer is undergoing a revolution," said Dr. Helge Lubenow, Senior Vice President Molecular Diagnostics Business Area and Member of the Executive Committee of QIAGEN. "The first collaborations for Bayer HealthCare and QIAGEN include companion diagnostics ba
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