SAN DIEGO & HILDEN, Germany & GERMANTOWN, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) and QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced a 15-year partnership intended to broaden the availability and use of NGS-based in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) kits, including companion diagnostics, for patient management.
The agreement grants QIAGEN non-exclusive rights to develop and globally commercialize IVD kits to be used together with Illumina’s MiSeq™ Dx and NextSeq™ 550Dx Systems. The agreement also includes rights for expansion of the partnership on future Illumina diagnostic (Dx) systems. Both partners are also exploring opportunities for QIAGEN to develop and market companion diagnostics based on Illumina’s TruSight Oncology (TSO) assays that enable comprehensive genomic profiling of tumor samples in immunotherapy.
Illumina and QIAGEN will cooperate to commercialize a menu of clinically validated workflows that combine QIAGEN’s proprietary content and bioinformatics solutions. The partnership will initially focus on commercializing oncology IVD kits to support patient management and may expand in the future to include additional clinical diagnostic fields, such as cardiology, hereditary diseases, infectious diseases, as well as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
“We are committed to expanding the range of clinical use cases addressed by genomic sequencing by enabling partners to deliver IVD tests and companion diagnostics on Illumina’s Dx instruments,” said Francis deSouza, CEO of Illumina. “Our partnership with QIAGEN will complement Illumina’s TSO 500 family with additional testing menu options, accelerating NGS adoption in oncology patient management.”
“Bringing together our highly complementary capabilities marks an important milestone to advance the use of NGS technologies in clinical decision-making and our shared vision of using this powerful technology to improve the outcomes for patients worldwide,” said Peer M. Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of QIAGEN.
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