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QIAGEN and Roche settle dispute over distribution agreement for TheraScreen companion diagnostics
Under the terms of the agreement, Roche maintained its rights to distribute the two assays it currently distributes (KRAS and EGFR) under the DxS TheraScreen® label and, under certain conditions, to distribute future versions thereof. QIAGEN obtained rights to distribute these assays under the QIAGEN label and also obtained exclusive distribution rights for all other assays, including future assays, developed and manufactured at QIAGEN's Manchester subsidiary. QIAGEN intends to use the QIAGEN TheraScreen® label for the assays it distributes. QIAGEN also granted Roche the option to extend the term of the distribution agreement for one of the assays, the TheraScreen® EGFR assay, beyond the term of this agreement which ends in 2011.
"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Roche", said Peer Schatz, CEO of QIAGEN. "The agreement provides a clear distribution plan for QIAGEN's pioneering TheraScreen® companion diagnostics. Companion diagnostics help physicians to customize therapies, greatly reduce healthcare costs and prevent harmful treatments for patients suffering from serious diseases."
"We are pleased to maintain our distribution agreement and to continue to provide access to DxS TheraScreen companion diagnostics that have the potential to improve cancer patient care," said Paul Brown, Ph.D., President and CEO of Roche Molecular Systems.
Personalized healthcare approaches are based on patients' molecular profiles and already play an increasingly important role for the treatment of cardiovascular and neurological diseases and - most prominently - cancer. The number of molecular markers for various therapies and indications has been increasing steadily. Today, there are already 32 genomic biomarkers identified by FDA in the context of FDAapproved drug labels. In the last ten years the market for personalized healthcare drugs exceeded US$ 13 billion, reflecting a CAGR of 24%.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in researchfocused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world's largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in invitro diagnostics, tissuebased cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche's personalized healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2009, Roche had over 80,000 employees worldwide and invested almost 10 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 49.1 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information: http://www.roche.com/.
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