QIAGEN announces broad agreement with Astellas Pharma to develop companion diagnostics

Oct. 31, 2014

QIAGEN has announced a master collaboration agreement withAstellas Pharma, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan, to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics paired with Astellas drugs for use in cancer and other diseases. The scope of the agreement is not restricted to certain sample types, platforms, indications, or biomarkers, thereby giving Astellas access to QIAGEN’s development capabilities for assays based on PCR, NGS, and multi-modal testing technologies using liquid and tissue biopsies. Two initial projects in the collaboration focus on oncology and aim to pair QIAGEN diagnostics with Astellas compounds in early-stage clinical trials: ASP5878, a fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) inhibitor, and ASP8273, an EGFR inhibitor.

The Astellas collaboration is QIAGEN’s eighth framework agreement for developing companion diagnostics. QIAGEN has more than 20 collaborative projects with pharma and biotech companies to develop, validate, and market companion diagnostics to guide the treatment of cancers and a variety of other diseases. QIAGEN already markets tests for personalized healthcare applications based on more than 30 molecular biomarkers, and has a growing portfolio of novel biomarkers in development.

QIAGEN offers companion diagnostic programs spanning a range of automation platforms. A number of the tests are real-time PCR assays for analysis on the QIAsymphony family of instruments. In Japan, QIAGEN’s therascreen EGFR RGQ PCR Kit in NSCLC and QIAGEN's therascreen KRAS Mutation Detection Kit in colorectal cancer were launched in 2011. QIAGEN also develops companion diagnostics for next-generation sequencing platforms. Earlier this year the company added to its platforms for companion diagnostics the multi-modal, multi-analyte Modaplex, which enables laboratories to analyze multiple sample types simultaneously for dozens of DNA and RNA biomarkers. QIAGEN acquired this workflow from PrimeraDx. Learn more about personalized medicine solutions from QIAGEN.

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