• Milestone instrument placed with Cenata GmbH in Germany
• More than 30 diagnostic assays, including eight FDA approved tests available for the system
• Launch of new PowerFecal Pro Kit automating microbiome sample preparation
Hilden, Germany, and Germantown, Maryland, January 9, 2020 – QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the 2,500th placement of QIAsymphony, the leading Sample to Insight workflow automation solution for molecular laboratories worldwide, in Tübingen, Germany.
Cenata GmbH is a medically led genetic diagnostic laboratory offering prenatal testing, and repeat customer of the QIAsymphony, purchasing this milestone QIAsymphony SP as the third unit in their lab, expanding capabilities for circulating DNA purification and other applications.
“The QIAsymphony in our lab is in near-constant use,” explains Dr. Karina Häbig, Scientific Coordinator of Cenata GmbH in Germany. “For our non-invasive prenatal testing applications, especially the Harmony® Test, it gives us consistent results with automation while lowering our hands-on time and ensuring quality.”
“2,500 cumulative QIAsymphony placements represent a great milestone for QIAGEN and are proof-point for a new era in laboratory automation that began in 2008. Today, QIAsymphony is considered a trusted workhorse in molecular testing labs worldwide whose continuous enhancements and ongoing menu expansion enabled numerous breakthroughs in science and helped diagnostic decision making to improve outcomes for over a million patients,” said Thierry Bernard, Interim CEO of QIAGEN and Senior Vice President, Head of the Molecular Diagnostics Business Area “And the remarkable success story is not over yet. Building on the established market leading position for QIAsymphony, we are further expanding the system’s capabilities. The new QIAsymphony PowerFecal Kits add to the growing number of applications that cover different sample types and testing technologies – from liquid biopsies to tissue samples, from PCR to NGS.”
Marking this milestone, QIAGEN is also launching the new QIAsymphony PowerFecal Pro DNA Kit to automate the gold standard microbiome sample prep kit. Extracting microbiome DNA from gut, stool, and soil samples can be difficult. These sample types often contain high levels of substances like heme, lipids and polysaccharides which cloud true quantities of DNA, creating results that may not reflect actual biodiversity. The new QIAsymphony PowerFecal Pro DNA Kit uses patented Inhibitor Removal Technology (IRT) to clean impurities from samples and reveal the DNA of a more diverse population of bacteria and fungi.
Benefits of the QIAsymphony PowerFecal Pro DNA Kit at a glance
- Efficient lysis of bacteria and fungi in all stool and soil samples
- Automating the procedure on the QIAsymphony SP for reproducible medium to high throughput purification of DNA
- Recovering inhibitor-free DNA, ready to use directly in downstream next-generation sequencing (NGS) applications
- Achieving unbiased results that accurately represent sample alpha diversity
QIAsymphony was first launched as a stand-alone sample processing unit in 2008 and since then has been expanded with new modules for assay setup and detection to run a growing menu of kits for a nearly unlimited number of applications in oncology, genetics testing, infectious disease and human ID, enabling customers in Life Sciences and Diagnostics to gain valuable insights from their samples. QIAsymphony has the broadest test menu of any platform in its category in Europe and other markets and offers the unique ability to handle laboratory-developed tests. Additional information can be found at https://www.qiagen.com/us/products/instruments-and-automation/nucleic-acid-purification/qiasymphony-spas-instruments/#orderinginformation
QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions that enable customers to gain valuable molecular insights from samples containing the building blocks of life. Our sample technologies isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins from blood, tissue and other materials. Assay technologies make these biomolecules visible and ready for analysis. Bioinformatics software and knowledge bases interpret data to report relevant, actionable insights. Automation solutions tie these together in seamless and cost-effective workflows. QIAGEN provides solutions to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare) and Life Sciences (academia, pharma R&D and industrial applications, primarily forensics). As of September 30, 2019, QIAGEN employed approximately 5,200 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.
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