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QIAGEN Launches Empowered Genome Community, Invites Citizen Scientists and Researchers to Pool and Collaboratively Interpret Human Genomes

October 15, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, California, and HILDEN, Germany, October 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

        - Empowered Genome Community unites people who have had their genomes
          sequenced to help make their data scientifically useful through sharing and
          collaborative interpretation
        - Effort links citizen scientists with full-time researchers to pool and
          interpret genomes via QIAGEN's secure online interpretation platform, Ingenuity(R)
          Variant Analysis(TM)
        - Highlighting promise of the approach, QIAGEN releases an open, collaborative
          analysis of myopia in Harvard Personal Genome Project data, and invites citizen
          scientists to help refine and jointly publish findings

QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced the
Empowered Genome Community, which is a first-of-its-kind initiative to help people who
have had their genomes sequenced share, explore, and interpret their data with researchers
and each other. To highlight how the community can spark new biomedical insight, QIAGEN
also released an open collaborative analysis of myopia in 111 people whose genomes were
sequenced through Harvard’s Personal Genome Project (PGP), which is a public repository of
well-phenotyped human genomes. Anyone – citizen scientist or full-time researcher alike -
can directly review and help refine the analysis via QIAGEN’s Ingenuity(R) Variant
Analysis(TM) (https://variants.ingenuity.com/community-myopia) with the goal of
jointly publishing robust insights on myopia next year.

“Comparing well-annotated PGP genomes through a collaborative platform such as Variant
Analysis to understand important phenotypes like eyesight, helps realize a key piece of
the PGP’s original vision,” said George Church, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical
School and founder of the PGP. “Science needs more of us to share our genomic,
environmental and trait data, and even our cells; and then to work together to interpret
those data, and pioneer new ways to do so.”

Ingenuity Variant Analysis is a powerful, HIPAA-compliant cloud-based solution to help
researchers compare and functionally interpret human genomes to better understand diseases
and other phenotypes. The core of this interpretation resource is the Ingenuity Knowledge
Base, the leading expert-curated knowledge resource for next generation biology.

For example, in the preliminary analysis, QIAGEN scientists used Variant Analysis to
compare the whole genomes of 111 PGP participants who were surveyed for eye diseases.
Initial findings identified 46 genes enriched with rare, potentially functionally relevant
variants in people with myopia, but not those without the condition. Further filtering in
Variant Analysis using functional insight from the Ingenuity Knowledge Base showed that 17
of these genes are implicated in eye phenotypes in people or mice, or directly interact
with such genes. To further refine findings, QIAGEN now invites open collaboration through
31 January 2014, leveraging crowd expertise on myopia physiology, epidemiology, and
filtering strategies, with substantive contributions recognized by joint authorship on any
resulting publication.

“To make every genome deeply informative in the future, we must first compare many of
our genomes today to spot patterns that help explain health,” said Nathan Pearson,
principal genome scientist at QIAGEN. “The Empowered Genome Community adds a key piece to
public sequencing efforts like the PGP: a way for citizen-scientists to explore their
data, together with full-time researchers, to spark new insights for common good.”

QIAGEN invites anyone who has had her or his whole genome sequenced through PGP or
other programs such as the Understand Your Genome (UYG) program to join the Empowered
Genome Community (http://www.ingenuity.com/products/variant-analysis/genome-community
). Participants will retain full ownership and control of their private data, and can
explore their genomes and, as desired, usefully share them with each other and with
full-time researchers in their own Variant Analysis accounts. By pooling their data and
actively working with interested full-time researchers, members can make their genomes
directly useful as controls or cases in future studies of diseases and other phenotypes.

The Empowered Genome Community and the preliminary myopia analysis will be discussed
at the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting in Boston during Session 20 at
9:15 a.m. on October 24th. To join the community with your own genome, or to help refine
and publish findings on myopia, please visit:


About QIAGEN Redwood City

QIAGEN Redwood City, formerly Ingenuity Systems, is based in Redwood City, California.
As the company’s Center of Excellence in Biological Analysis and Interpretation, QIAGEN
Redwood City is a leading provider of biomedical information and analysis solutions for
the exploration, interpretation and analysis of complex biological systems in life science
research and molecular diagnostics. Marketed under the Ingenuity brand, these innovative
solutions offered by QIAGEN are used by tens of thousands of researchers and clinicians at
hundreds of leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, diagnostic and clinical
institutions worldwide. Further information can be found at



QIAGEN N.V., a Netherlands holding company, is the leading global provider of Sample &
Assay Technologies that are used to transform biological materials into valuable molecular
information. Sample technologies are used to isolate and process DNA, RNA and proteins
from biological samples such as blood or tissue. Assay technologies are then used to make
these isolated biomolecules visible and ready for interpretation. QIAGEN markets more than
500 products around the world, selling both consumable kits and automation systems to
customers through four customer classes: Molecular Diagnostics (human healthcare), Applied
Testing (forensics, veterinary testing and food safety), Pharma (pharmaceutical and
biotechnology companies) and Academia (life sciences research). As of June 30, 2013,
QIAGEN employed approximately 4,050 people in over 35 locations worldwide. Further
information can be found at http://www.qiagen.com.

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        Director Public Relations
        Email: pr@qiagen.com



        Colin Sanford
        For QIAGEN's Center of Excellence in Biological Data Interpretation

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        VP Corporate Communications

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