Molecular Diagnostics (Q3 2012: 48% of net sales, +15% CER) was energized by a group of new growth drivers and the successful rollout of the QIAsymphony automation portfolio. In Prevention, the QuantiFERON latent TB test (acquired with Cellestis in 2011) remained on track to deliver more than 20% CER growth in 2012 over pro forma year-ago results, driven by rapid expansion in the U.S. and Europe. Sales of products related to HPV testing for the first nine months of 2012 (17% of total QIAGEN sales, -3% CER) remained in line with expectations for a single-digit sales CER decline for the full year. QIAGEN is successfully managing its HPV test leadership and maintaining market share in the U.S., where increasing volumes are being more than offset by pricing pressure tied to implementing multi-year customer agreements. In the third quarter of 2012, global sales of HPV tests (17% of total QIAGEN sales, +7% CER) rose in the U.S. and other markets. Personalized Healthcare continued to grow at a strong double-digit pace on demand for companion diagnostic kits, in particular spurred by the U.S. launch of the therascreen KRAS biomarker test for use in colorectal cancer patients, which received FDA approval in July 2012. Revenues from co-development projects with pharmaceutical companies also rose in the third quarter of 2012 over the year-ago period. In Profiling, sales were higher for many products used in disease analysis. In Point of Need, the AmniSure assay - acquired in May 2012 as a novel test for premature rupture of fetal membranes in pregnant women - has accelerated growth during integration into QIAGEN's commercial operations. In the first nine months of 2012, Molecular Diagnostics grew 19% CER and represented 48% of net sales.
Applied Testing (Q3 2012: 8% of net sales, +21% CER) again delivered sales growth of more than 20% CER in the third quarter of 2012. Sales of consumables and instruments both grew at strong double-digit rates on increasing demand among customers in human identification / forensics, veterinary medicine and food safety, as well as for the QIAsymphony automation platform following the launch of new software in early 2012. In the first nine months of 2012, Applied Testing grew 24% CER and represented 8% of net sales.
Pharma (Q3 2012: 19% of net sales, +3% CER) grew at a slower pace in the third quarter of 2012 than in the first half of the year, with restructuring activities at select pharmaceutical companies impacting the year-on-year comparison. In the first nine months of 2012, Pharma rose at a 6% CER pace and represented 20% of net sales.
Academia (Q3 2012: 24% of net sales, +2% CER) provided single-digit growth in the third quarter of 2012, as higher sales of consumables more than offset a modest decline in instruments. All regions provided growth contributions. U.S. and European market conditions remain challenging, driven by uncertainty about government funding in the U.S. and European austerity measures. Market conditions in these regions are expected to become more challenging in the fourth quarter of 2012 as budget restriction uncertainties will continue. In the first nine months of 2012, Academia grew 2% CER and represented 25% of net sales.Delivering growth at a faster pace in 2012