Randox invests £30m and 200 new jobs in specialised COVID-19 testing lab

Randox Manufacturing Managing David Martin and Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MPRandox Manufacturing Managing David Martin and Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP
Randox Manufacturing Managing David Martin and Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP | Freelance
As part of efforts to enhance its national testing capacity, global diagnostics company Randox has announced an investment of £30m in a new specialised COVID-19 testing lab.

The healthcare firm, which is currently conducting COVID-19 tests as part of the national testing programme, announced its investment in the new facilities based at the Randox Science Park in Antrim during a recent visit by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis CBE.

The specialised laboratory, the development of which was fast-tracked over the space of four weeks, is the first step in a wider diagnostics investment programme from Randox.

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Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox Laboratories, said; “The national testing programme, as a collaborative effort by government and various partners within industry, has increased testing capacity at an unparalleled speed – by installing a network of drive-through testing centres, introducing home testing kits, and now, opening this specialised lab at the Randox Science Park in Northern Ireland.

Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP and Randox Director of Research and Development Mr John LamontSecretary of State Brandon Lewis MP and Randox Director of Research and Development Mr John Lamont
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP and Randox Director of Research and Development Mr John Lamont | Freelance

“An incredible amount of work has gone into making this cutting-edge testing facility a reality in a relatively short space of time, as we know that effective testing is the most effective way to both save lives and promote a timely return to a more normal society.”

The opening of the new laboratory at the Randox Science Park follows the company’s announcement that it is recruiting new staff across Science, Engineering and Manufacturing in support of its role within the national testing programme.

The 200 new positions will be involved in the testing of potential COVID-19 samples, as well as the construction of 200 new state-of-the-art diagnostic analysers which will significantly increase Randox’s capacity for COVID-19 testing.

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Dr FitzGerald continued: “Now that we have in place the infrastructure and laboratory space required to enhance our testing capacity, we look forward to implementing the next step in our COVID-19 investment programme. By accelerating the build schedule for new specialised equipment, and hiring 200 associated workers across Science, Engineering and Manufacturing we will further enhance the government’s national testing scheme, as well as facilitate testing more broadly across the general populace.”

Randox Managing Director Dr Peter FitzGerald and Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MPRandox Managing Director Dr Peter FitzGerald and Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP
Randox Managing Director Dr Peter FitzGerald and Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP | Freelance

Secretary of State Brandon Lewis MP added: “I was impressed during my visit with the dedication of staff and the top-class facilities at Randox. This investment will help support the UK’s nationwide effort to fight the coronavirus and ultimately save lives.”

Dr FitzGerald concluded: “I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to all my colleagues at Randox who continue to work assiduously to process such a high volume of tests in a timely manner. I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say we appreciate all your hard work and the vital role you play in the practical application of COVID-19 testing.”