QIAGEN Partners with Leading European Service Provider GATC Biotech to Offer Clients Full Access to Ingenuity Variant Analysis


HILDEN, Germany and REDWOOD CITY, California -



        - Commercial agreement provides QIAGEN's Ingenuity® Variant Analysis™ solution to 

          sequencing provider's customers, expanding market reach of QIAGEN

        - Leading software for analysis and interpretation will be offered to

          next-generation sequencing customers of GATC Biotech as part of its bioinformatics

          platform

        - Agreement adds integrated, accurate interpretation of disease-focused genetic

          data



QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced a commercial agreement with GATC Biotech to provide GATC clients full access to QIAGEN's Ingenuity® Variant Analysis™ solution for analysis and interpretation of genetic data. GATC is one of Europe's leading providers of DNA and RNA sequencing services to customers worldwide. The access will take the form of interpretation services and direct access to Ingenuity Variant Analysis as a feature of the GATC Biotech's services. Ingenuity Variant Analysis is a powerful bioinformatics platform enabling laboratories to efficiently evaluate data generated by high-throughput next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. The QIAGEN software quickly filters genetic variants in a secure, private cloud-based environment to identify variants most likely to cause disease, drawing upon the industry-leading Ingenuity Knowledge Base.



Dr. Marcus Benz, Chief Operating Officer of GATC Biotech, commented: "This new commercial agreement with QIAGEN provides our customers with full access to the Ingenuity software enabling rapid analysis and interpretation of next-generation sequencing data in terms of relevant genetic variations. We are offering our clients a unique, fully integrated one-stop solution. GATC Biotech selected the Ingenuity Variant Analysis solution as a perfect match. Integrating this software tool with our InView™ Human Exome product enables us to provide world-class data analysis for end-users of NGS, including clinical and laboratory geneticists and other professionals investigating diseases."



"We are very pleased to partner with GATC Biotech, a respected provider serving more than 10,000 customers in academia and industry. Offering Ingenuity Variant Analysis to GATC Biotech clients, integrated with their own InView™ Human Exome NGS solution, further expands the growing global presence of our solution for analysis and interpretation of NGS data," said Dr. Laura Furmanski, Senior Vice President of QIAGEN and head of the Bioinformatics Business Area. "As next-generation sequencing spreads and its focus moves from data generation to interpretation, QIAGEN's leadership in bioinformatics solutions enables laboratories and clinicians to move rapidly from raw data to valuable insights."



QIAGEN offers industry-leading applications for the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of biological data through a diverse portfolio of solutions that include the Ingenuity, CLC bio and BIOBASE product lines. Ingenuity Variant Analysis is the world's leading solution for analysis and interpretation of human sequencing data generated with NGS technologies. The web-based software leverages the Ingenuity Knowledge Base, a repository of expertly curated biological interactions and functional annotations created from millions of individually modeled relationships between proteins, genes, complexes, cells, tissues, drugs, and diseases. Data from more than 300,000 samples have so far been analyzed using Ingenuity Variant Analysis, which has helped to further expand the power of the Knowledge Base.



The agreement with GATC Biotech is non-exclusive, and financial terms were not disclosed.



About QIAGEN



QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. QIAGEN 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 molecular testing workflows. QIAGEN provides these workflows to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of December 31, 2014, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,300 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.



About GATC Biotech



GATC Biotech, a family-owned business, is Europe's leading service provider of DNA and RNA sequencing. For over two decades, the company has offered sequencing and bioinformatics solutions from single samples up to large scale projects. During this time, GATC Biotech has developed to a renowned brand, not only mastering a broad range of technologies and related downstream data analysis, but also processing millions of customer samples in professional quality and ready for diagnostic purposes. The company offers true multiplatform sequencing using all leading sequencing technologies in its own labs. Its headquarter in Constance, Germany houses its ISO 17025 certified Genome and Diagnostic Centre with focus on next and third generation sequencing. The European Custom Sequencing Centre located in Cologne, Germany focuses on Sanger sequencing. This advantageous location ensures fast and efficient logistics. All laboratories have highly integrated and fully automated processing pipelines, ensuring full compliance with latest state-of-the-art quality standards. Please visit http://www.gatc-biotech.com for more information.



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