- Start of worldwide diagnostic use follows the launch of upgraded EZ2 Connect for research use in 2021, builds on the success of EZ1 Connect platform found in thousands of labs worldwide
- EZ2 Connect MDx puts standardized, efficient nucleic acid purification in reach of any clinical lab combined with QIAsphere digital system that allows for remote instrument management
- Over 5,000 cumulative placements of EZ platforms worldwide through the end of 2022
QIAGEN (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the launch of EZ2 Connect MDx for use in diagnostic laboratories, making the IVD platform for automated sample processing available for widescale use 18 months after being made available for research.
With a high degree of automation, the EZ2 Connect MDx enables labs to purify DNA and RNA from 24 samples in parallel in as little as 30 minutes1. The device now carries the EU’s CE-IVD compliance marking for in-vitro devices (IVD) for the European Union and other countries that accept this designation. It is also available in the United States, Canada and other countries.
“EZ2 Connect MDx puts standardized and efficient nucleic acid purification in reach of any clinical lab,” said Jean-Pascal Viola, Senior Vice President, Head of the Molecular Diagnostics Business Area at QIAGEN. “It solves the challenges of many clinical diagnostics labs that have to provide diagnostics results quickly, that have to deal with fluctuating sample numbers as well as a large variety of sample types and quality.”
EZ2 Connect MDx can extract nucleic acids from blood plasma, serum, stool and other sample types using magnetic-bead technology. High process safety is ensured with prefilled and sealed reagent cartridges, as well as load checking through integrated cameras. Other features include UV decontamination, onboard pipetting and heating as well as automated piercing of the sealed cartridge. The resulting analyte is compatible with a variety of downstream technologies such as real-time PCR, digital PCR and next-generation sequencing.
EZ2 Connect MDx complements QIAGEN’s leading offering of automated IVD nucleic extraction platforms, which includes QIAcube Connect MDx and QIAsymphony.
EZ2 Connect MDx is designed to handle a wide range of sample material thanks to QIAGEN’s elaborate kit portfolio and customizable protocols. It can be used in research mode with research kits (MBA) or in dedicated IVD mode with EZ1 DSP kits as well as protocols for diagnostic workflows. Another key feature is the ability to use the QIAsphere digital laboratory ecosystem, which enables full integration into the digital infrastructure of a lab that allows for remote instrument management.
The new platform builds on QIAGEN’s EZ1 family of devices, which set new standards in sample-prep automation and sample-data management. The EZ2 combines the ease of use, process safety and robustness of the EZ1 with improved throughput and digital features. More than 5,000 EZ1 and EZ2 instruments have been placed worldwide through the end of 2022.
To learn more about EZ2 Connect MDx, please visit: https://www.qiagen.com/products/ez2-connect-mdx
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, 2022, QIAGEN employed more than 6,200 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.
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1 Protocol run time varies depending on the number of samples processed and the protocol selected.
Source: QIAGEN N.V.