"The short story is that all of our employees are safe," Dave Oehler, Reliagene director of sales and marketing, told GenomeWeb News today. "We found everybody, and everybody is OK."
The company's suburban
Until the company can return to its permanent facility, it will operate through a temporary Baton Rouge communications hub in the facility of the Louisiana Business and
"We'll have an announcement soon about how the samples are going to be dealt with in the short term," Oehler said. The firm won't have power or be able to staff its
"In the meantime, we want to be able to have our customer samples run and results returned to them as quickly as possible," said Oehler. "A number" of other accredited US human-identity testing companies have offered to help Reliagene, and the firms are currently drafting agreements to that end, he added.
Oehler declined to name the firms that may be assisting Reliagene.
Reliagene has lost no customer samples, having moved them "under strict chain-of-custody guidelines" to a secure facilty, Oehler said. On Sept. 5, the company "got all of the stuff out of our building that we thought we needed, and set up in
When asked whether Reliagene's business had sustained any damage, Oehler said, "I don't think there's been any quite yet." The company experienced delays in receiving samples, but expects to continue operating normally, he said. "Certainly there was a delay because it was pretty much chaos here for a week or so, but I think we're bouncing back relatively quickly."