Qiagen said this week that GE Healthcare subsidiary Clarient will offer Qiagen's Therascreen KRAS RGQ PCR kit as a companion diagnostic to guide the use of Erbitux (cetuximab) as a treatment in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.

Clarient is a US-based oncology service lab that has a customer base of more than 2,000 pathologists, oncologists, clinical laboratories and hospitals. Qiagen said that Clarient chose the KRAS RGQ PCR kit following the kit's approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in July.

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