September 14, 2020
Triangle area-based MAKO Medical Laboratories has surpassed a significant milestone as one of the nation’s leaders in testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accredited laboratory began providing COVID-19 testing services. To date, MAKO has processed more than 1.3 Million COVID tests.
“Rapid, reliable turnaround times have set MAKO Medical apart,” said Josh Arant, Chief Operating Officer, MAKO Medical. “Our company is committed to helping the United States respond to this pandemic and this milestone is a testament to our resolve.” More than 98% of MAKO’s COVID-19 test results are returned within two days of arriving at MAKO’S Henderson lab. “That rapid response helps ease the fears of citizens waiting to know if they are infected with COVID-19. We created a Mobile COVID Response Team and Command Center for dedicated service.”
The COVID-19 pandemic presented both challenges and opportunities for MAKO Medical. Initially, the pandemic reduced regular business close to 40% and forced layoffs. In just over two weeks, MAKO completely altered its operations to begin providing COVID-19 testing to medical providers, employers and governments – turning around results in what one state leader called an “ultra-fast” way. As a result, the company has grown from 50 employees at the first of the year to more than 500 now.
“The fact that we can play a vital role in COVID testing, while creating jobs that help drive North Carolina’s economy, is a double blessing,” said Arant.
- In August, MAKO Medical announced the company scored 100% on CAP COVID Proficiency Testing, demonstrating MAKO’s commitment to quality lab results.
- MAKO provides an online portal allowing test results to be reported electronically.
- Earlier in the year, Forbes Magazine included MAKO Medical in the publication’s inaugural list of America’s Best Startup Employers. Only 500 companies nationwide earned the distinction.
- The company is committed to the military. At MAKO’s founding, leaders carved out divisions of the company to hire U.S. military veterans. These teams are foundational to MAKO’s elite and high touch client services model.
**PHOTO: MAKO Medical technicians extract COVID-19 test samples at MAKO’S Henderson, NC,