QIAGEN Announces Approval of Digene Acquisition Received at

Extraordinary General Meeting of QIAGEN Shareholders

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QIAGEN N.V. (Nasdaq: QGEN; Frankfurt, Prime Standard: QIA) announced that it has received the vote of the necessary percentage of its shareholders in favor of the acquisition of Digene Corporation at QIAGEN’s Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held today in The Netherlands. The receipt of this favorable vote which was obtained with an overwhelming majority of the votes cast satisfies one of the key remaining conditions required to close the transaction..

On June 3, 2007, QIAGEN and Digene announced that they had entered into a merger agreement, under which QIAGEN will acquire Digene in a transaction that consists of 55% cash and 45% QIAGEN stock. The transaction is subject to the tender of a majority of Digene’s common stock on a fully diluted basis before 11:59 p.m. EST on July 20, 2007, unless the offer is extended.

The Companies have successfully completed major milestones towards closing this transaction in a shorter period of time than initially projected. Previously, QIAGEN and Digene announced they expected to complete the transaction in August/September. QIAGEN now believes that it should be able to close the transaction in the earlier part of this period.
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