Streamlined bioinformatics for RNA sequencing of liquid biopsies


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Streamlined bioinformatics for RNA sequencing of liquid biopsies

New, powerful bioinformatics tool: The RNA-Seq Explorer Solution

Today we announced our new RNA-Seq Explorer Solution — a powerful bioinformatics tool that combines Ingenuity® Pathway Analysis™ and Biomedical Genomics Workbench® to generate clear insights for research into improved cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. One of the most compelling benefits of the RNA-Seq Explorer Solution is that it allows you to focus on biology, giving you the tools to drive your research forward and to publish novel findings. It transforms raw data from liquid biopsies — one of the most promising new ways to detect and characterize cancer — into clear, accurate, actionable insights. Ultimately, we believe that a powerful bioinformatics-driven liquid biopsy solution like this one will vastly improve precision medicine and cancer management.

Principal Scientist Jean-Noel Billaud is presenting data from this new solution at AACR at our theater presentation on Tuesday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. We hope you’ll come by to hear the finer points of our new RNA-Seq Explorer Solution. You’re of course also welcome to stop by our booth #741 for at chat.

Get the full overview of our activites at AACR.
For more details on the RNA-Seq Explorer Solution, please read the official press release below.


Press release

QIAGEN launches streamlined bioinformatics for RNA sequencing of liquid biopsies
RNA-seq Explorer Solution generates clear insights for cancer ‘omics’ analyses 

Hilden, Germany, and Germantown, Maryland, April 14, 2016 – QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced introduction of its unique RNA-seq Explorer Solution, a bioinformatics-driven approach to analysis and interpretation of “omics” data from liquid biopsy-based research. RNA-seq Explorer Solution is a new tool which integrates Ingenuity® Pathway Analysis™ Biomedical Genomics Workbench® and other QIAGEN bioinformatics solutions to generate clear insights for research into improved detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The solution will be demonstrated at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

“The RNA-seq Explorer Solution provides the most powerful bioinformatics tool for the analysis and interpretation of RNA sequencing data from liquid biopsies, including from tumor-derived exosomes. Next-generation sequencing of liquid biopsies, one of the most promising new ways of detecting and characterizing cancer, demands the highest-accuracy tools to make sense of inherently noisy data,” said Dr. Laura Furmanski, Senior Vice President and head of QIAGEN’s Bioinformatics Business Area. “QIAGEN’s streamlined RNA solution transforms raw data from liquid biopsies into valuable insights – a significant milestone for liquid biopsy analysis of indications such as cancer. The best bioinformatics will drive progress in precision medicine and cancer management.”

Liquid biopsy is a non-invasive method using samples of body fluids such as blood to detect and profile diseases such as cancer at the earliest stage, resulting in more successful prognosis and treatment. One liquid biopsy approach extracts DNA or RNA from tumor-derived exosomes, tiny enclosures that circulate in body fluids. In an RNA-seq workflow, scientists analyze and interpret exosomal RNA to determine gene expression profiles, identifying regulatory networks and potential isoforms of biological significance.

RNA-seq Explorer Solution facilitates simple, accurate discovery and validation of biomarkers, enabling researchers to go from raw data in FASTQ format to significant insights that home in on the genetic drivers of cancer. The solution draws upon QIAGEN’s Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA), an all-in-one, web-based software application that enables analysis, integration and understanding of expression data. IPA is backed by the expert-curated Ingenuity Knowledge Base of highly structured, detail-rich biological and chemical findings. RNA-seq Explorer Solution also integrates QIAGEN’s Biomedical Genomics Workbench, a comprehensive data analysis platform that offers end-to-end workflows and tools for the alignment, normalization and statistical analysis of NGS experimental results.

In addition to demonstrating of the new RNA-seq solution at its booth at the AACR meeting, QIAGEN Bioinformatics recently released a four-part webinar series; the company will also have a sustained presence at the event. Click here for more details.

Leadership in liquid biopsies

RNA-seq Explorer Solution complements QIAGEN’s industry-leading liquid biopsy portfolio, which is spanning sample technologies, assay technologies and bioinformatics. It includes gold-standard solutions for the extraction of cell-free, circulating nucleic acids (cfDNA), circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and exosomes. In partnership with pharmaceutical companies, QIAGEN is developing and commercializing the broadest portfolio of companion diagnostics based on liquid biopsies, including the therascreen EGFR RGQ Plasma PCR kit, the first ever CE-IVD-marked blood-based test to guide treatment decisions for solid tumors. 


QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands-based holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample to Insight solutions to transform biological materials into valuable molecular insights. QIAGEN 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 molecular testing workflows. QIAGEN provides these workflows to more than 500,000 customers around the world in Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of September 30, 2015, QIAGEN employed approximately 4,600 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further information can be found at

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