June 10, 2020
Henderson, N.C. [June 10, 2020] In the last two weeks of May, MAKO Medical Laboratories hired 100 people to meet the growing demand for COVID-19 testing in the United States. A significant portion of that demand is from companies restarting operations. MAKO Medical is providing on-site staffing and mobile testing services at businesses as employers bring employees back to work safely.
“We have clients who have plants with hundreds, if not thousands of employees. They want to safely restart operations and have decided to bring MAKO Medical lab professionals on site to provide a broad range of medical services, largely pertaining to COVID-19,” says Josh Arant, MAKO Medical COO.
● Since March, MAKO Medical has processed more than 125,000 COVID-19 tests.
● In addition to the COVID-19 nasal swabs that people have become accustomed to seeing, MAKO Medical is now processing two different COVID-19 antibody tests. The Abbott SARS-CoV-2 IgG and the Diasorin Liaison SARS-CoV-2 S1/S2 IgG tests are EUA FDA approved and validated.
● MAKO Medical is currently processing more than 10,000 tests per day, with plans to increase that number to 25,000 by end of July.
● The company recently renovated 5,000 square feet to its Henderson, NC facility expanding its accessioning space.
● MAKO went from one PCR instrument for research and development to seven dedicated to COVID-19.
● In addition, MAKO added 8 antibody instruments that help read tests and determine if people have been exposed to COVID19.
● MAKO has also added people, expanding its operations from 50 employees working on one shift, to 150 people working around the clock.
● MAKO is partnering with Rapid Reliable Testing to provide COVID-19 tests to students attending summer camps. This was reported June 5, 2020 in the New York Times.
● MAKO is partnering with Luminate Health to provide a new patient portal offering real-time COVID-19 test results.
● Faster turnaround times set MAKO Medical apart from its competitors. MAKO Medical returns COVID-19 test results in 24-48 hours. MAKO Medical’s COVID-19 services include:
Arant says some employers are considering testing employees multiple times. “There are states that mandate that nursing homes test their employees twice a week.”
MAKO Medical’s mobile units include experienced phlebotomists who are able to provide COVID-19 testing in a familiar environment to help make employees feel more at ease.
“The more we can test, the more we can get in there and help local governments, help businesses, help manufacturers, help the meat packing plants so they can tell if their employees are infected or not,” said Steve Hoover, MAKO Medical’s Vice President of Laboratory Operations.
MAKO is able to get answers to those tests within 24-48 hours compared to many larger lab companies that take a week or more to process tests.
“What is the cost of someone getting sick? What is the cost of lost job time, shutting down a facility and cleaning the facility? Testing employees is an investment in people’s health and their businesses,” says Arant.
About MAKO Medical
Founded in 2014, MAKO Medical is a diagnostics partner for businesses, physicians, urgent care facilities, and hospitals around the United States. Mako Medical Laboratories has recruited chemists and scientists to provide industry-leading innovation. Mako Medical Laboratories’ methods and assays are validated for reproducibility, precision, and accuracy. Mako Medical invests heavily in state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology. To learn more visit www.makomedical.com