May. 26, 2020, 11:45 PM
WAUKESHA, Wis., May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/
Coppe Healthcare Solutions (Coppe Laboratories), a CLIA Certified Laboratory based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has acquired Open CoVIDx, the laboratory division of the Open Medicine Institute based in San Francisco Bay area of California.
The CEO of Coppe Laboratories is Dr. Konstance Knox, the Virologist who previously co-founded what is now Viracor-Eurofins in the year 2000. Dr. Knox has expanded Coppe’s testing footprint to serve 1,000 Doctor’s Offices in the United States, and internationally with a Coppe run Laboratory at the new 5,000 bed Hamptons Hospital, under development at Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC) in Kenya.
Open CoVIDx is a division of the Open Medicine Institute, founded by the current CEO, Dr. Andy Kogelnik. It has a 104,000 square foot facility in the biotech incubator at a former pharmaceutical campus in Mountain View, CA.
The merger will become Coppe-Open CoVIDx Laboratories, and will combine the laboratory capacities of the two for a total of 1.5 million COVID-19 diagnostic tests per month, by end of June 2020. The increased capacity will put Coppe among the top 5 COVID-19 testing Laboratories in the United States.
The merger will allow Coppe Laboratories to provide employers in the USA and Kenya with COVID-19 diagnostic testing for employees, environmental testing of work places, and antibody testing within the FDA approved guidelines.
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Coppe labs here in WI is the only lab besides the CDC that tests for Powassan virus. They also test for many other tick-borne diseases and do research.
Normally I would say this merger is a good thing, as I know the folks at both places and highly respect them; however, antibody and PCR testing for COVID-19 is abysmal. No decisions or policies should be made utilizing this testing. The fact they are poised to pump out thousands of tests for COVID-19 reveals two things: 1) they are definitely switching from being a lab that predominantly focuses on tick-borne illness to one that tests for COVID, when we NEED a focus on tick-borne illness in the state of Wisconsin 2) Until testing becomes better, results are worthless but can and will be used against you.
For more: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/18/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests-do-you-really-want-one-think-hard-about-it-maybe-not/ People have tested postive one day, negative the next, back to positive again. I personally know an asymptomatic patient in the hospital who keeps testing positive so they won’t let him leave.
This worthless testing is also being used by the CDC as they go door to door: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/21/how-could-the-cdc-make-that-mistake/
The CDC is also blending different types of testing making them uninterpretable according to one expert: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/21/how-could-the-cdc-make-that-mistake/