QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) announced today the CE marking of its QuantiFERON ® SARS-CoV-2 assay that measures T-cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 and aids in the assessment of immunity in individuals who have received COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccines stimulate the body to produce antibodies and activate T-cells to fight a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Serology tests, which measure the antibodies, often generate positive test results after vaccination but are unable to assess cellular responses. The QuantiFERON ® SARS-CoV-2 assay detects CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell responses, thereby enabling a much more comprehensive assessment of immunity generated by COVID-19 vaccines.
The QuantiFERON ® SARS-CoV-2 assay is based on QIAGEN's QuantiFERON ® interferon gamma release technology, which is globally recognized as an easy-to-use T-cell assay that employs whole blood and - unlike other T-cell assays - does not require the purification of lymphocytes for T-cell measurement.
"T-cells provide valuable insights into our immune system's response to COVID-19," said Jean-Pascal Viola, Senior Vice President and Head of the Molecular Diagnostics Business Area at QIAGEN. "The more we know about this epidemic, the better equipped the world will be to address this threat that will stay with us," he said. "We are excited about our QuantiFERON technology enabling the assessment of immune responses that are crucial for the prevention and management of the disease."
T-cell response to SARS-CoV-2 declines much more slowly than antibody response and may indicate how severe the course of an illness triggered by SARS-CoV-2 will be in infected patients, and how immune those are who have recovered many months - possibly even years - after having been infected.
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QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions that enable customers to gain valuable molecular insights from samples containing the building blocks of life. Our 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 workflows. QIAGEN provides solutions to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (primarily forensics), Pharma (pharma and biotech companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of September 30, 2021, QIAGEN employed approximately 6,000 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.
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