Largest coronavirus testing lab to open in Jerusalem

Written by on October 25, 2020

The site is slated to run 50,000 tests a day, rivaling the whole of Israel’s current testing capacity.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
 

OCTOBER 25, 2020 15:49

From L to R: Izhak Haviv, chief scientist at AID Genomics, Moshe Lion, Jerusalem mayor, and Snir Zano, CEO of AID Genomics, October 25, 2020.  (photo credit: JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY)

From L to R: Izhak Haviv, chief scientist at AID Genomics, Moshe Lion, Jerusalem mayor, and Snir Zano, CEO of AID Genomics, October 25, 2020.

(photo credit: JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY)

The Jerusalem Municipality announced today that AID Genomics, an international group of medical tech companies, will spearhead the opening of the largest coronavirus testing lab in the country.

It is expected to process 50,000 daily tests, with results taking up to three hours. CEO Snir Zano noted this means that “the number of tests that happen today in Israel will be doubled.”

They will also hire approximately 150 city residents to work in the lab, “directly injecting capital back into Jerusalem’s economy,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon.

“This is huge news for Jerusalem,” Lion continued. “We’re expecting to set up testing sites throughout the city, and I hope that their efficiency and success will give us the guarantee and security we need to reopen culture and fitness events in Jerusalem in the near future.”

AID Genomics’ primary focus is cancer and infectious diseases research. In their cancer research, they focus on early detection technology and preventative medicine. But what makes them extremely relevant right now is their infectious diseases research.

“This is an absolute necessity on the part of the State of Israel in preparation for the upcoming winter season,” added Zano, “and we’re happy to be a part of these efforts.”


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