Curative Inc. will establish a coronavirus oral-fluid swab testing lab in Pflugerville, Texas. The company expects to hire more than 300 employees.
“We are proud to bring our third laboratory to Pflugerville to support COVID-19 testing locally and to improve testing capacity for the entire state," said Fred Turner, the CEO and co-founder of Curative. "The great workforce, location, and community partnership opportunities made Pflugerville an easy choice for expanding our laboratory operations."
"The self-administered oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract," a company spokesperson explained. "The virus is then caught in the saliva, the patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths. The entire Curative test is done without having to come into close contact with others, therefore eliminating the need for personal protective equipment changes."
The turnaround time for those taking tests will average between 24-48 hours.
“The company selected our area to access a capable workforce with plans to hire their first 150 technicians and healthcare workers in the next few weeks in order to process 10,000 samples daily,” said Amy Madison, the executive director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation.
Curative was initially founded to develop tests that detect sepsis in January. The company pivoted to develop COVID-19 tests in early March.