Greenville-based Premier Medical Laboratory Services has become the first commercial laboratory in the state validated to process COVID-19 testing, the company announced today.
Premier will offer test results within 24-48 hours after receiving the sample and plans to boost its current testing capacity of 1,000 tests per day to 28,000 per week, according to the news release. The lab’s cloud-based information system, ONGen, helps expedite testing orders through a streamlined communication system between laboratory instruments, the release said.
“We are proud of our team for working diligently around the clock so that we could attain validation status and increase access to testing, which is urgent at this time,” Premier founder Kevin Murdock said in the release. “Our lab is at the forefront of the most advanced technology and science available, providing cutting-edge diagnostics to help flatten the curve of this global pandemic.”
The tests, a comprehensive respiratory pathogen test used to detect co-infections under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, will become available to hospitals and physicians across the nation, according to the release.