NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Sorenson Genomics said today it is expanding its laboratory facilities, boosting its staff, and expanding its genomics technology stock with new sequencers and sample-prep tools in a move to increase its DNA testing capacity by five-fold.
Sorenson said in a statement that it is expanding its capacity in order to meet “sharply increasing demand” for its DNA testing services.
Sorenson Genomics' chief operating officer, Douglas Fogg, told GenomeWeb Daily News that the Salt Lake City-based company plans to expand its laboratory space from 10,000 square feet to a total of 15,000 sq. ft., and its office space from 3,500 sq. ft. to 5,500 sq. ft.
Fogg also said the company plans to expand its hardware by buying three new Applied Biosystems 3730 genetic analyzers, two Beckman Coulter BioMek FX liquid-handling instruments, and one automated DNA-extraction tool.
Fogg also said Sorenson plans to increase its staff by about 25 percent, adding roughly 20 new staffers to its expanded lab.
The company is split into four segments: GeneTree, a provider of on-line paternity testing services; Identigene, a PCR-based DNA testing company; Sorenson Forensics, which provides forensic casework services; and Sorenson Genomics, which provides DNA testing services to worldwide resellers.
Fogg said the expansions will affect Sorenson's Forensics, GeneTree, and Genomics divisions. The expansions will not affect its Houston-based Identigene division, which it acquired in June.