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Qiagen and Astellas form a biotech partnership to develop companion diagnostics

Posted on 30 October 2014

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QIAGEN announced a biotech partnership agreement with Astellas Pharma 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.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

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