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Ending Cervical Cancer Featured at Summit; QIAGEN CEO Issues a Call to Global Women Leaders
Date:6/6/2008

HANOI, Vietnam, June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- QIAGEN was featured this week for its efforts to eliminate cervical cancer at the 14th annual Global Summit of Women in Hanoi, Vietnam. CEO Peer Schatz came to this prominent international platform to issue a call to other leaders in business, NGOs and governments to join him and campaign to create a cervical-cancer-free world.

"Nearly 500,000 women around the world are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year - a shocking number considering that it's a highly preventable disease," Mr. Schatz told ministers from more than 60 countries at a roundtable on the opening day. "However, QIAGEN and partners such as the summit's Global Consortium of Women to End Cervical Cancer are showing that where there is a will there is a way. I urge you to join us. The tools are there; they just need desire and commitment to put them to work."

The Global Summit of Women annually brings together more than 1,000 senior-level women in business, government and advocacy, and is often called the "Davos for Women." It celebrates women's leadership by bringing together business and governmental professionals to work together to improve the economic power and well-being of females throughout the world. At last year's summit, President Irene Natividad announced the launch of an international "consortium to end cervical cancer." The consortium "aims to educate women about cervical cancer prevention and encouraging governments to provide easy access to the latest methods of prevention and detection, including HPV testing and vaccination." Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause of cervical cancer, and QIAGEN has developed the only FDA- and EU-approved test for high-risk types of the virus.

"We are delighted to have corporate leaders such as QIAGEN partner with us. Together we can leave the legacy of a cervical-cancer-free world to the next generations of women," said Ms Natividad. "We have made huge strides with
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