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QIAGEN Releases Coronavirus Test Kit In US On New FDA Policy

Published 03/26/2020, 06:19 AM
Updated 07/09/2023, 06:31 AM

QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE:QGEN) announced that it started shipping its new QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel test (which is to be sold as an in-vitro diagnostic or IVD) in the United States to help diagnose coronavirus-infected patients. The announcement came after a new policy of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) was declared by the FDA early this month. Notably, the company will submit the related EUA to the FDA this week.

Per QIAGEN, QIAstat-Dx SARS-CoV-2 test kits currently available in the United States are the first syndromic tests, which can detect SARS-CoV-2 as well as more than 20 other respiratory targets. The company is also on track to ramp up its test kit production to help contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Additionally, QIAGEN is currently supplying RNA extraction kits to the United States and other countries to accelerate the efforts to contain the outbreak.

With the efforts, QIAGEN aims to strengthen its foothold in the global Molecular Diagnostics market.

Background Prior to the Release of the Test Kits

The release of the test kits was preceded by the announcement of QIAGEN receiving funding for the project in part from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures.

Significance of the Release

The QIAstat-Dx SARS-CoV-2 test kits, which QIAGEN has already started shipping to other countries from February for clinical validation, runs on the company’s Sample to Insight syndromic system. The syndromic system automates molecular analysis to deliver differential diagnosis in about an hour. The automation system enables fast, cost-effective and easy-to-use syndromic testing with Sample to Insight workflows, thus speeding up the result delivery.

Additionally, the panel detects a few other pathogens and subtypes of respiratory infections like Adenovirus, Coronavirus 229E, Coronavirus HKU1, Coronavirus NL63 and Coronavirus OC43. However, given the current increasing testing demand, the regulatory status of the QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel will vary by location.

Industry Prospects

Per a report by Grand View Research, the global IVD market size was valued at $60.8 billion in 2019, and is expected to witness a CAGR of 4.4% between 2020 and 2027. Factors like growth in the prevalence of chronic and infectious diseases, increasing adoption of fully automated instruments, and automation in laboratories are expected to drive the market.

Given the global condition of the market amid the COVID-19 outbreak, QIAGEN seems to have huge market potential.

Recent Developments in Molecular Diagnostics

Of late, QIAGEN has been working toward combatting the COVID-19 outbreak.

The company is currently ramping up production of test kits for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in patients. In March, it received the CE mark for its QIAstat-Dx Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 Panel test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. The product is now available for use by the clinical laboratories in Europe. Further, QIAGEN obtained derogation in Germany by the Bundesinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte for the test.

In February, the company announced that it is currently providing various testing solutions for SARS-CoV-2 like enabling laboratory-developed tests, mid- and high-throughput automation, and two new real-time polymerase chain reaction (“RT-PCR”) tests for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. However, the RT-PCR tests (developed at QIAGEN sites in China and the United States) will be available for research purposes only.

Price Performance

Shares of QIAGEN have gained 0.1% in the past year against the industry’s 15.7% decline.

Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks

Currently, the company carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

Some other top-ranked stocks from the broader medical space are ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD) , Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) and Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) .

ResMed has a projected long-term earnings growth rate of 14.4%. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Medtronic’s long-term earnings growth rate is estimated at 7.1%. The company presently has a Zacks Rank #2.

Hill-Rom’s long-term earnings growth rate is estimated at 11.1%. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.

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