Our Collaboration with Quest Diagnostics

Thanks to our new collaboration, schools across the U.S. will have the capacity and know-how to test every student, every week.

May 04, 2021

From the beginning, our goal at Concentric was to develop a testing platform that could be used to test “every student, every week.” We’re excited to announce a new collaboration that greatly expands our testing capacity. Quest Diagnostics is the nation’s premier diagnostic testing service and has conducted nearly 40 million COVID tests since the beginning of the pandemic.

Each organization brings unique strengths to the collaboration. The nation’s leader in diagnostic information services, Quest Diagnostics, has capacity to perform 300,000 COVID-19 PCR/NAAT* tests a day through its network of approximately two dozen COVID-19 test performing laboratories for people in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia as well as Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Test results are typically provided within a day.** Ginkgo has developed its Concentric by Ginkgo platform to provide easy start-up and operation for any school seeking easy-to-use digital participant sign-up, secure data management, timely supplies shipments, integration of follow-up testing regimes, and fully staffed support services. Concentric currently serves roughly 1,000 schools across the United States, including statewide partnerships in Massachusetts and Maine, as well as city- and district-wide partnerships in BaltimoreNewark, and Milwaukee. Ginkgo’s integration of Quest labs into its nationwide lab network will dramatically expand its capacity, allowing Concentric by Ginkgo the opportunity to serve every single student and teacher in America through pooled testing every week.

“Testing is an absolutely critical tool for responding to this pandemic, and we believe pooled testing is the modality that makes the most sense for students and teachers working to return to in-person learning,” said Jason Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Ginkgo Bioworks. “On a national level, our collaboration with Quest ensures that communities across America will have the capacity and the know-how to test every student, every week.”

You can read the full press release here.