The corona test manufacturer Qiagen, which has come under fire for tax practices, wants further funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2019, Qiagen gilded his boss’s departure with more than 40 million euros.
By Petra Blum and Massimo Bognanni, WDR
The next application has already been submitted. The Dutch biotech company Qiagen would like to receive a further 19 million euros in tax money from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. So far, things have looked good for the corona test manufacturer, which employs around 1200 people at its German location in Hilden. After all, the NRW ministers for health and economy recently praised Qiagen as a "pioneer" during an on-site visit. At that time, the ministers had already promised 18.3 million euros in subsidies. The company not only produces important laboratory materials for corona tests, but is also researching the urgently needed Covid rapid tests.