HILDEN, Germany & SALUGGIA, Italy--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) and DiaSorin (FTSE Italy Mid Cap: DIA) today announced the introduction of an automated, CE-marked workflow for QIAGEN’s QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus Blood Collection Tubes (QFT-Plus BCT) and a novel DiaSorin LIAISON Test on widely used immunodiagnostic instruments from DiaSorin. Laboratories in Europe and other markets will now be able to process QFT-Plus BCT, the fourth-generation modern gold standard for latent tuberculosis (TB) detection, with DiaSorin’s flexible, efficient LIAISON systems. Availability is planned for the United States in 2019 and China in 2020.
The LIAISON QuantiFERON-TB Plus Test was developed in a partnership between QIAGEN and DiaSorin to help address accelerating conversion of the global latent TB testing market to the modern blood-based QuantiFERON technology. The launch offers LIAISON customers efficient, high-throughput detection with QFT-Plus as part of the system’s broad content menu, and QFT-Plus customers will gain an option for full automation of laboratory handling to support TB control efforts. More than 7,000 LIAISON systems have been placed worldwide, primarily in hospital laboratories.
“We are pleased to offer customers this compelling, automated solution for the LIAISON QuantiFERON-TB Plus Test, enabling an improved workflow of the world’s leading test for latent TB infection. Increasingly, public health initiatives around the world are using QFT-Plus in screening at-risk patients to safeguard against progression from latent infection to active, life-threatening tuberculosis,” said Thierry Bernard, Senior Vice President, Head of the Molecular Diagnostics Business Area at QIAGEN. “LIAISON users will benefit from adding our unique latent TB test to their laboratory menus and will thereby be able to provide highly accurate screening and novel diagnostic insights. QuantiFERON-TB customers will benefit from LIAISON’s best-in-class, random access, continuous loading and automated workflow. We look forward to working closely with our partners at DiaSorin.”
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