Qiagen unveils major expansion plan for India

Qiagen has announced the formation of its India subsidiary, Qiagen India Pvt. Ltd., and the beginning of direct sales in the country. Until now, Qiagen products have been sold in India through distributor partnerships. The Company expects that this enhanced presence will further contribute to its position in the market. The new office will be located in New Delhi, is a further milestone in Qiagen ‘s strategy to expand its footprint in emerging, high-growth regions.

The Indian life sciences and biotech market is one of the fastest growing in the region. In 2010, the domestic market in India grew to revenues of US$ 5 billion and is expected to approximately double by 2015. India’s domestic in vitro diagnostics market is projected to grow at 15% annually in the next several years and to accelerate going forward due to government incentive programs and infrastructure investment.

“India is a strategic market for the global expansion of Qiagen, with 1.2 billion people and rapidly growing healthcare and R&D sectors,” said Peer Schatz, Chief Executive Officer of Qiagen. “The great potential for our molecular diagnostic technologies to serve patients in India, along with the research needs of the country’s robust pharmaceutical segment, emerging applied testing market and a rapidly increasing academic market, makes India a perfect fit for our growth and geographic expansion goals. We are excited about the prospects for Qiagen to grow more rapidly with a presence in this vast market.”

The move to a deeper engagement in India is a further milestone for Qiagen in Asia where it entered China in 2004 and Japan in 1998. Since then, the Company has expanded to more than 500 employees in Asia, with 2009 revenue in the region exceeding US$ 135 million, and believes
that it has market leading positions in its focus markets. In the coming years, Qiagen expects a growth trajectory in India similar to its successful experience in China. The New Delhi office is expected to grow to a staff of more than 30 in 2011.

Qiagen ‘s diverse product portfolio is well suited to serve India’s unique healthcare needs, as well as to advance pharmaceutical R&D in India. As with other developing countries, India faces a double burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases. Demographic changes and rising
living standards have also led to an increase in chronic diseases. With one of the broadest offerings in molecular diagnostics for profiling, prevention, personalized healthcare and point of need testing, as well as one of the largest sample and assay technology portfolios for drug development, Qiagen
is well positioned to serve the growing Indian market.

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