TECHLAB maintains a strong focus on quality in its research and development 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 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.