Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Technology
Networks
Scientific Communities
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

QIAGEN Partners with Exosome Diagnostics

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Molecular testing of biofluids promises unprecedented access to gene mutations, gene expression signatures and expression levels without costly, invasive tissue biopsies.

QIAGEN N.V. announced a partnership with Exosome Diagnostics Inc. to develop and commercialize high-performance sample preparation kits for the processing of nucleic acids from exosomes. Combining the Exosome Diagnostics platform technology approach with select QIAGEN consumables and automation platforms has the potential to allow researchers, drug developers and doctors to take repeated, real-time genetic "snapshots" of disease from patients’ blood, urine or cerebrospinal fluid without the need for tissue biopsy. The companies are targeting initial product launches in the first half of 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Subject to successful performances of these new solutions, QIAGEN’s exclusive agreement with Exosome Diagnostics will cover co-development, manufacturing and commercialization of a full product line for the life science and translational medicine markets.  First applications of Exosome Diagnostics’ technology are being developed with QIAGEN’s microRNA isolation solutions and are designed to run on QIAGEN automated instrument platforms. The product portfolio is also expected to create the basis for development and commercialization of clinical in-vitro diagnostic products for a range of non-invasive personalized healthcare solutions.

Exosomes are one of many different subpopulations of microvesicles that can be isolated from biofluids such as blood, urine and cerebrospinal fluid and from which high-quality RNA and DNA can be extracted and purified for analysis. Exosomes are shed by cells under both normal and pathological conditions. They are a key part of the body’s complex communication system that transfers genetic instructions from cell to cell through all biofluids. Exosomes carry nucleic acids and proteins from their host cells and are widely considered to be essential for biomarker discovery for personalized healthcare diagnostics. Tumor cells, for instance, release exosomes which contain tumor-specific RNAs that can be isolated easier from biofluids such as blood and urine than from biopsies. Exosome Diagnostics’ proprietary technology makes use of the presence and stability of nucleic acids in exosomes to detect and measure levels of genes implicated in cancer, neurodegenerative, metabolic, infectious and other diseases.

“QIAGEN is a global leader in personalized healthcare solutions, and Exosome Diagnostics is a leading developer in biofluid-based molecular testing. Together we expect to create the ‘gold standard’ in this emerging field of exosome-based testing, advancing research and improving healthcare,” said Dirk Loeffert, Vice President Global Product Development Life Sciences of QIAGEN. “We believe QIAGEN can bring to market the first comprehensive line of products to help researchers and pharmaceutical companies explore and monitor disease status using fresh or frozen biofluids, addressing the critical challenge of access to samples. We also intend to co-develop exosome-based workflows for routine use in personalized healthcare, a revolutionary improvement compared to today’s widespread dependence on tissue biopsies, offering the ability to create a new dimension of utility for our molecular testing assay portfolio. This approach holds promise to significantly improve medical care as physicians may be able to use real-time molecular information to change the care pathway and bring about disease management.”

James McCullough, Chief Executive Officer of Exosome Diagnostics, said: “Our partnership with QIAGEN brings unprecedented access to key genetic information directly from a patient’s biofluid sample for academic, biomedical research and pharmaceutical drug programs around the world. We expect this partnership, focused on development of a broad range of products, will help accelerate commercialization of the next generation of minimally invasive, clinical-grade diagnostics for personalized healthcare.”

QIAGEN’s exosome technology-driven kits will offer distinct advantages including the ability to work with scalable patient sample volumes, from as little as 200µL; RNA capture from frozen, bio-banked fluids; the use of plasma, urine and cerebrospinal fluid with no special stabilization or handling required; and streamlined clinical laboratory workflow for analysis on PCR, pyrosequencing and next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments. Previously, such analysis would have depended on the use of tissue and/or cells, potentially requiring invasive procedures for patients.

As part of an active biological packaging and distribution mechanism for RNA and DNA, exosomes and their nucleic acid contents are being investigated for their implications and utility in a broad range of diseases including cancer, central nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, cardiovascular disease, maternal/fetal medicine, and chronic kidney disease. The natural stability of the exosome compartment allows collection of clinical samples without special tubes or preservatives. As a result, researchers can perform analysis and biomarker discovery on high-quality RNA from both fresh and frozen plasma, serum, urine and cerebrospinal fluid samples. This is of particular interest for analysis of RNA-based biomarkers such as ALK or RET.


Further Information

Join For Free

Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 3,300+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 4,900+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

QIAGEN Joins Consortium to Map Microbial Genomes
The project will use QIAGEN sample technologies and library preparation workflows to extract and prepare genomic materials for analysis.
Saturday, July 02, 2016
Qiagen Completes Exiqon Tender Offer
Transaction will enhance leadership position in RNA solutions from Sample to Insight.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Qiagen Amends Terms to Exiqon Acquisition Offer Again
Acceptance rate lowered to 89.20% of share capital and voting rights to reflect possible effect of warrants.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
QIAGEN Partners to Develop Predictive Tests in Oncology
Collaboration with Therawis addresses unmet need to guide clinical decisions in breast cancer.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Qiagen Bids $100M to Acquire Exiqon
Transaction will expand leadership position in RNA technologies.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Qiagen and 10x Genomics to Enter Into Co-Marketing and Co-Development Collaboration
Company has announced that the multi-phase collaboration to advance next-generation sequencing, single-cell biology, and bioinformatics Sample to Insight solutions.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
QIAGEN,Biotype Diagnostics Form Partnership
New “Biotype Innovation” to develop workflows for personalized health-care and other applications based on QIAGEN’s ModaPlex platform.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Hitachi High-Technologies, QIAGEN Collaborate
Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation and QIAGEN N.V. have entered into a long-term strategic collaboration involving initiatives to deliver important advances in molecular testing.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
QIAGEN Expands Leadership in Liquid Biopsies
QIAGEN and Tokai Pharmaceuticals to co-develop and commercialize the first regulated CTC-based companion diagnostic to guide treatments in prostate cancer.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
QIAGEN Collaborates with Allele Frequency Community
QIAGEN providing secure bioinformatics infrastructure and software for research and clinical labs to contribute and gain insights from Allele Frequency Community.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
QIAGEN Signs Ninth Master Collaboration Agreement for Companion Diagnostics
Master collaboration agreement is a framework for developing and commercializing QIAGEN companion diagnostics, paired with new or existing products.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
QIAGEN, Astellas CDx Partnership
Collaboration provides options for collaboration across therapeutic areas, sample types and testing technologies.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
QIAGEN, BGI Tech Database Agreement
BGI Tech will provide services to the Greater China market with the widely used HGMD literature source.
Friday, August 01, 2014
QIAGEN, AstraZeneca to Develop Liquid Biopsy-based Companion Diagnostic
The collaboration is to advance EGFR mutation profiling in lung cancer patients.
Monday, July 28, 2014
QIAGEN Licenses Blood Cancer Biomarkers
Exclusive global license from University of Tokyo enables development of QIAGEN assays for SF3B1 mutations, including NGS gene panels, for blood cancers.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Scientific News
Shedding Light on HIV Vaccine Design
Broadly speaking - Mathematical modelling of host-pathogen coevolution sheds light on HIV vaccine design.
AACC 2016 Sees Clinical Chemistry Labs Drive Precision Medicine Offerings
Biomarker assays to enable precision medicine and risk assessment, mass spec-based tests designed for use in clinical labs large and small, and liquid biopsy technology captured the spotlight at the AACC annual meeting.
Automated Patch Clamping Trends
Learn more about current practices, preferences and metrics in ion channel drug screening using APC technology.
Lab-on-a-Stick: Miniaturised Clinical Testing For Fast Detection Of Antibiotic Resistance
A portable power-free test for the rapid detection of bacterial resistance to antibiotics has been developed by academics at Loughborough University and the University of Reading.
Genetic Ancestry of Cultivated Strawberry Unravelled
UNH scientists constructed a linkage map of the seven chromosomes of the diploid Fragaria iinumae, which allows them to fill in a piece of the genetic puzzle about the eight sets of chromosomes of the cultivated strawberry.
Progress In Vaccination Against Vespid Venom
Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University Munich have presented a method which facilitates a personalised procedure for wasp allergy sufferers.
New Drug Target for Inflammatory Disorders
Penn study finds enigmatic molecules maintain equilibrium between fighting infection and inflammatory havoc.
Breast Cancer Cells Found To Switch Molecular Characteristics
Spontaneous interconversion between HER2-positive and HER2-negative states could contribute to progression, treatment resistance in breast cancer.
Mechanisms of Calcium Blockers
Researchers describe how the fundamental mode of action of two distinct chemical classes of calcium channel blockers differs.
Some Breast Cancer Patients With Low Genetic Risk Could Skip Chemotherapy
Genetic test can help predict survival and guide treatment options.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
3,300+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
4,900+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FOR FREE!