QIAGEN is one of the leading providers of sample and assay technologies throughout the world. Its products are used to isolate DNA, RNA and proteins from various biological samples. The company provides more than 500 consumable products and automated solutions. Its products are utilized in the academic research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and molecular diagnostics laboratories. It also serves customers in the applied testing markets, such as forensics, animal and food testing and pharmaceutical process control. QIAGEN employs nearly 2,600 people in over 30 locations worldwide. The company s products include crystallization and purification kits and reagents, protein assays and polymeric chain reaction technologies.