Volpi Group Partners with QIAGEN to Manufacture the Imaging Module for the GeneReader NGS Platform
Monday, February 8, 2016
The Volpi Group, a 60-year-old optical electronics firm based in Schlieren, Switzerland, today announced that it is collaborating with QIAGEN Instruments AG on the manufacture of the automated fluorescence imaging module used in QIAGEN’s GeneReaderTM next-generation sequencing (NGS) instrument. The benchtop GeneReader combines with other QIAGEN NGS products to provide the first seamless, fully automated Sample to Insight workflow.
Volpi optimized the GeneReader’s automated imaging module at its precision engineering site in Zurich, Switzerland. The module for the QIAGEN instrument is manufactured at Volpi’s production facility in Auburn, N.Y., U.S.A. Volpi specializes in the engineering and manufacture of optoelectronic modules for diagnostic, life science and other applications. These modules combine electronics with the detection and measurement of light, like the fluorescent light emitted by the GeneReader system when a biological marker is present in a patient sample.
“Our partnership with QIAGEN Instruments AG contributed to the successful launch of QIAGEN’s GeneReader NGS System and helped to pave the way for its ongoing adoption in the clinical research market,” said Max Kunz, CEO of Volpi. “Our partnership is the perfect example of a highly productive collaboration between a world-leading life science and diagnostic company and a specialized OEM provider.”