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Study Finds New Version of QIAGEN's HPV Test for Developing Countries Could Reduce Risk of Cervical Cancer by More than Half When Combined With Appropriate Treatment
Date:11/7/2007

Research Shows the New Test is Accurate, Simple to Run and Requires Minimal

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BEIJING, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Research demonstrating the potential of a special type of HPV test developed by QIAGEN with support from PATH -- a non-profit global health organization -- to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in low-resource regions of the world were presented this week at the 24th International Papillomavirus Conference in Beijing, People's Republic of China. An economic modeling analysis found that the "FastHPV" test, which is being developed specifically for cervical cancer screening in countries such as China and India, could reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by as much as 56 percent if given just three times over a woman's life and combined with appropriate treatment. In addition, a clinical research study concluded that the FastHPV test produces rapid, accurate results, yet is also simple to run, requires minimal infrastructure and will be affordable for public-health programs in those countries.

FastHPV -- a molecular test for cancer-causing types of HPV (human papillomavirus) -- is under development by QIAGEN N.V. (Nasdaq: QGEN; Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA) in partnership with PATH. The test -- on track to be submitted for its first regulatory approvals in countries like China and India in 2008 -- is specially designed to allow women in areas with scarce healthcare resources to benefit from the advanced technology of HPV testing.

"It is relatively common for healthcare companies to provide their products and services at reduced prices to countries with minimal healthcare infrastructure and large low-income populations," says Peer Schatz, CEO of QIAGEN. "With our new FastHPV test, QIAGEN has gone beyond that standard approach and has specifically adapted the HPV DNA test it sells in the developed world to meet the special needs of women and their healthcare providers in these ve
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