Greenville lab honored for nation’s highest COVID-19 testing capacity

This time last year, Greenville’s Diversified Medical Healthcare Laboratory geared up to process more than 1 million COVID-19 tests during 2020 as the first lab validated for COVID-19 testing.

To recognize the work of the companies housed in the center including, Premier Medical Laboratory Services, CPT Medical, OnGen and Vessel Medical, Sen. Tim Scott’s senior staff visited the 40,000-square-foot molecular diagnostic lab and test kit manufacturing and supply base Tuesday.

“From leading research and innovation to generously donating PPE for our front-line workers, Diversified Medical Healthcare has been a valuable partner for South Carolina as we’ve worked to get through the pandemic,” Scott said in a news release. “Their efforts highlight the life-saving impact of American innovation, and I am proud of the work they have done.”

DMH Founder Kevin Murdock introduced Scott’s team to the company’s research and development team of scientists and 450 employees, as well as the lab’s automation equipment that enables the center to process more than 300,000 tests per day. According to the release, DMH reached one of the highest testing capacities in the nation.

“It was a high honor to have Sen. Tim Scott’s team here and to show them all that we’re doing right here in South Carolina to improve health care across the U.S.,” Kevin Murdock, founder of Diversified Medical Healthcare, said in the release. “Sen. Tim Scott has done much to improve health care and create jobs, and those are two of the driving forces behind what we do here as well.”

CPT Medical manufactured more than 6 million COVID-19 testing kits and viral transport media throughout 2020, while Vessel Medical assembled and distributed customized PPE supply kits. Premier Medical Laboratory Services, meanwhile, is currently surveilling samples of the Sars CoV-2 virus for variants on the rise. As the only laboratory in the U.S. fully automated for Next Generation Sequencing, PMLS expects to sequence up to 84,000 specimens per week, according to the release.

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