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Qiagen steps into NGS market

22.02.2013 - Molecular diagnostics and lab provider Qiagen is entering the highly competitive market of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) benchtop sequencers.

The company presented a sample-to-result Next-Generation Sequencing workflow designed for clinical research and diagnostics at the AGBT meeting in Florida. However, its sample preparation, newly introduced benchtop sequencer GeneReaderTM and bioinformatics solution is for research use only, as those are of its competitors Roche, Illumina and Life Technologies. However, the announcement suggested that the Dutch-German company’s NGS workflow is automated from primary sample to digital result.

"Next-generation sequencing is making a transformational impact on life science, but challenges are limiting more widespread adoption for clinical purposes," said Peer M. Schatz, CEO of QIAGEN. "The development of our complete sample-to-result workflow is a key achievement in our initiative to offer a seamless integration of new NGS platforms with high-quality reagents, molecular testing content and services."

No sequencing firm currently has a NGS workflow that is simple and reliable enough for diagnostic purposes. However, all of them aim at establishing highly automated and inter-laboratory reproducible NGS procedures that can be used by non-specialists. The adoption of NGS in fields such as clinical research and diagnostics is still hampered by workflow challenges, manual sample preparation processes, the speed, comparability and quality of data analysis.

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MicrobiomeFranceDenmarkEU

24.05.2016 One of the pioneering companies developing pharmaceuticals and diagnostics based on the gut microbiome, Enterome Bioscience, has raised €14.5m in a Series C financing round. Among the investors were Seventure and Lundbeckfond as well as Nestlé.

AntibioticsEUUKItaly

20.05.2016 The long awaited global review on antimicrobial resistance by economist Lord Jim O’Neill has been published. It sets out an action plan to defeat superbugs with a huge awareness campaign and rapid diagnostics to be used before antibiotics are prescribed.

LicensingGermanyIrelandSwitzerland

18.05.2016 Bayer is deepening its involvement in CRISPR with a licensing agreement for genome editing patents. Irish partner ERS Genomics holds the rights to the CRISPR/Cas9 tech from Emmanuelle Charpentier, one of the inventors.

M&AGermany

17.05.2016 Newly rebranded Siemens Healthcare has entered the field of molecular testing for cancers with the acquisition of Cologne-based NEO New Oncology.

FinancingUK

11.05.2016 Newly spun out company OxStem has raised £16.9m (€21.5m) to develop regenerative meds for the treatment of age-related disease. It is the largest financing for an Oxford spin-out – or any UK academic spin-out – to date.

FinancingSwitzerland

09.05.2016 Swiss Genentech partner AC Immune has raised CHF42.7m (€38.6m) in order to advance its therapeutic and diagnostic product pipeline in Alzheimer’s disease. The news follows a recently announced R&D collaboration with Biogen.

FinancingSpain

04.05.2016 Barcelona-based epigenetics expert Oryzon Genomics has closed a debt funding round of €10.5m, bringing the total money raised since last year to €27m. The funds will serve to advance the company’s two LSD1 inhibitors in cancer and neurodegeneration.

Open InnovationFrance

03.05.2016 Ipsen is strengthening its ties to long-time development partner Oncodesign, a Dijon-based cancer treatment biotech. The French pharma is handing over the pre-clinical pharmacology for its oncology research programmes to Oncodesign.

FinancingSwitzerlandEU

29.04.2016 Swiss bank Group UBS has raised US$471m (€412m) for the UBS Oncology Impact Fund, which was set up to invest in early-stage cancer treatments. The money raised by the fund, nearly half of which comes from investors in Asia, is the largest amount ever raised for such a cancer investment fund.

Industry reportGermany

27.04.2016 More revenue, more jobs, more financing, more R&D expenditure – all signs point towards sustainable growth in the German biotech sector. These are the results of the most recent company survey 2016, published by biotechnologie.de. The report was once again conducted alongside the biotech standards defined by the organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD).

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