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TECHLAB
www.techlab.com / HQ: Blacksburg, Va. / Rob Day, COO: "Quality science, quality products and
quality service. Quality - that's the main word we like to hear and we hear it from our customers."

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as a global supplier, techlab
consistently works to ensure
its products meet each
country's requirements.

Vital Testing

techlab maintains a focus on quality in its r&d of
vital disease diagnostic tests. by janice hoppe
TECHLAB specializes in developing and manufacturing intestinal
diagnostics that are used worldwide
with a research focus on enteric disease and microbiology of the intestinal tract. "We are diagnosing diseases
in very sick people," Vice President
of Manufacturing Steve Harvey says.
"We try to have all of our employees
imagine someone they know or love,
or themselves having to use that test
to make sure every single test we put
out there is to the highest quality."
Drs. Tracy Wilkins and David Lyerly founded the Blacksburg, Va.-based
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company in 1989 based on research
that came out of Virginia Tech's Anaerobe Laboratory where they were investigating diagnosis and treatments
for Clostridium difficile infection.
C. difficile is a bacterium that causes
diarrhea and more serious intestinal
conditions such as colitis. One of the
reagents developed was an antiserum
that could be used diagnostically.
Demand for the antiserum grew
quickly when it was discovered that
C. difficile is a major hospital pathogen. TECHLAB was incorporated to
produce and distribute the product.

"Here we are 26-plus years later and
we are now over 120 employees, and a
worldwide diagnostic manufacturer,"
Harvey says. "That's our main focus,
but we are starting to branch out into
other markets, looking at parasitology
lines and some fecal markets that test
for inflammation. A few years ago we
got FDA clearance testing for E. coli."
This bacteria is associated with outbreaks from contaminated hamburger, vegetables and other food sources.
As an FDA-regulated diagnostic
manufacturer, TECHLAB offers research and manufacturing services
for industrial and academic clients.
Clinical labs purchase its products to
test samples and provide doctors with
lab results that are used to help diagnose patients. "All aspects of our process are based around quality," COO
Rob Day notes. "Quality science, qual-


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