Over 200 jobs announced as part of the Welsh Lighthouse Lab facility
Welsh Government and Life Sciences Hub Wales are supporting plans to build a 200 strong team of specialists at Wales’ soon to be launched Lighthouse Lab, which is set to create additional capacity for the UK’s Covid-19 testing strategy.
Work to establish the UK Government’s Lighthouse Lab at Imperial Park in Newport is underpinned by a partnership with multinational diagnostics company, PerkinElmer Inc., a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world.
Led by the Department for Health and Social Care, a series of partnerships has established a network of Lighthouse Labs across the country to increase the number of coronavirus tests that can take place each day.
Health Minister, Lord Bethell said: “I am hugely proud and absolutely delighted to announce the addition to our network of this new Lighthouse laboratory based in Newport.
“The UK Government has already vastly expanded the nation’s testing capabilities, more than doubling the existing capacity of our NHS and PHE laboratories. This rapid expansion means we now have the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities in British history, a huge achievement. I want to pay tribute to everyone who has worked so hard to deliver this, particularly those in Wales. They have been crucial partners in scaling up the UK’s testing capacity over the last 4 months and will continue to be as we fight against this virus.”
Wales’ Lighthouse Lab is being established by one of the world’s foremost diagnostics companies, PerkinElmer Genomics, which has been engaged to deliver, staff, and manage the facility. The company will also provide the key technology within the Lighthouse Lab. At the heart of the testing process are PerkinElmer’s Covid-19 testing kits, which can identify if patient currently has a positive or negative result for the virus.