Siemens Healthineers Shifts Strategy with Fast Track Diagnostics Unit Closure

Siemens Healthineers has announced its decision to close down its Fast Track Diagnostics unit, a move that will impact approximately 90 employees based in Luxembourg. This decision comes as a response to a decline in demand for the unit’s polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing products. The Fast Track Diagnostics unit, which focuses on molecular infectious disease tests, experienced huge demand during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic but has witnessed a notable decrease since then, prompting Siemens Healthineers to reevaluate its priorities within the diagnostics business. The Fast Track Diagnostics unit represents only a minor player in the molecular diagnostics space. Siemens Healthineers emphasized that this unit contributes only a small fraction to the overall revenue of its diagnostics segment. Following a review of portfolio contributions and market opportunities, Siemens Healthineers concluded that the closure of the Fast Track Diagnostics unit aligns with its broader objective of optimizing its diagnostics business to focus on areas of higher growth potential.

Siemens Healthineers’ decision to close the Fast Track Diagnostics unit follows a series of restructuring efforts within its diagnostics business. Last year, the company laid off 300 employees in New Jersey as part of its broader cost-cutting measures aimed at achieving 300 million euros in savings by 2025. Despite these restructuring initiatives, the company reported positive performance in its diagnostics segment, with a 2% growth in sales excluding COVID-19 antigen tests in the first quarter of its financial year. CEO Bernhard Montag highlighted the progress of the transformation efforts during an earnings call in February, indicating that the restructuring is on track to unlock the full potential of the business.

This decision shows Siemens Healthineers’ commitment to optimizing its diagnostics business for sustained growth by reallocating resources to areas with higher growth potential, aligning its operations with evolving market dynamics and customer needs. Through this realignment, Siemens Healthineers aims to improve its position as a leader in the diagnostics industry while continuing to deliver innovative solutions that enhance diagnostic accuracy, efficiency, and patient care outcomes. Siemens Healthineers intends to complete the closure of the Fast Track Diagnostics unit by September 2024, following discussions with local employee representatives and compliance with labor regulations and guidelines. The closure reflects the company’s strategic shift towards prioritizing centralized laboratory testing, specialty assays, and rapid point-of-care offerings in its diagnostics business. Despite the closure of the Fast Track Diagnostics unit, Siemens Healthineers remains committed to providing in vitro diagnostic test solutions across various clinical environments, leveraging its advanced automation capabilities to enhance laboratory testing efficiency and operational workflows.

This decision marks another step in Siemens Healthineers’ ongoing efforts to adapt to evolving market dynamics and position itself for sustained growth in the diagnostics sector. As the healthcare landscape continues to advance, Siemens Healthineers remains focused on delivering innovative solutions that address the evolving needs of healthcare professionals and patients, ensuring continued excellence in diagnostic testing and patient care.