QIAGEN Receives U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Fast and Easy-to-Use Digital Test to Detect SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus Antibodies

By May 12, 2021News
  • U.S. authorization gives healthcare professionals access to portable rapid testing device that can monitor immune status in relation to COVID-19
  • Test based on QIAGEN partner Ellume’s proprietary eHub technology and helps ease testing shortfalls by using automation and providing easy-to-read results
  • eHub digital device can handle eight tests at once, all working independently of each other, can process up to 32 samples per hour, can eventually be used simultaneously with the antigen test

GERMANTOWN, Md. & HILDEN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)– QIAGEN N.V. (NYSE: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced it has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the fast and easy-to-use QIAreach® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Test.

The authorization means QIAGEN can start making its portable antibody testing device available to health-care professionals in the U.S. Each antibody test takes only about 10 minutes to identify whether a person carries antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus as a result of prior infection. Individual test results are read on a digital eHub device that can process up to 32 tests per hour – and will eventually also run the antigen test.

The QIAreach Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Test is a serological test that has been shown to have a sensitivity of 93.85% (CI 84.99–98.30%) and a specificity of 97.83 %–%% (CI 95.00–99.29%). QIAGEN’s technology detects total antibodies (Total immunoglobulin) specific to SARS-CoV-2 immune response – while most other tests currently identify only selected antibodies.

The QIAreach Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Test was developed in partnership with Ellume, an Australian digital diagnostics company. It is the first of two QIAGEN COVID-19 tests to make use of Ellume’s digital eHub and eStick system: QIAGEN in early September 2020 presented the QIAreach SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test to detect active SARS-CoV-2 infection, which has been submitted to the FDA for an EUA.

Research into the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic also requires the monitoring of the immune status of individuals. QIAGEN is the only company that has developed both an antibody and a T-cell test to track immune responses. In November, it also launched the QuantiFERON SARS-CoV-2 test (for research use only) that can detect T-cell responses in people who have had natural infection or vaccination.

“Serological testing for antibodies is central to identifying people who have been recently infected by the virus or have been infected in the recent past, especially those who did not show any symptoms and therefore might not know of an infection,” said Davide Manissero, Chief Medical Officer of QIAGEN. “As societies are now returning to normal daily routines, understanding the COVID-19 immunity in a population can help guide public health measures.”

Traditional rapid lateral-flow antibody tests are hard to automate and results can be hard to read. The QIAreach Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total Test generates easy-to-read results on the digital eHub platform. Each QIAreach eHub can handle up to eight samples on eight eSticks simultaneously, with each eStick test running independently. QIAGEN is using the same platform to develop QIAreach® QuantiFERON®-TB, a new testing solution for identifying latent tuberculosis (TB) infections in low-resource regions.

Further information on QIAGEN’s response to the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.


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) and Life Sciences (academia, pharma R&D and industrial applications, primarily forensics). As of March 31, 2020, QIAGEN employed approximately 5,700 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.

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