Henrico laboratory hiring 400 employees as it ramps up COVID-19 testing

A Henrico County-based laboratory company said Tuesday it is planning to hire about 400 employees as it ramps up its testing capability for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Genetworx, a molecular diagnostic testing lab, said it has “immediate” hiring needs for jobs such as data entry, lab technicians, tech assistants, project managers, business managers, hiring managers and other work at its facility in the Innsbrook Corporate Center in western Henrico.

“We are working 24 hours a day,” said Brian O’Neill, the company’s founder. “We have all the equipment to do 100,000 tests a day, and we have the customers. The United States is experiencing a massive demand for COVID-19 testing. We are running three shifts, flat out, and we need to hire at least another 400 people in the next several weeks.”

Genetworx now employs about 350 people in the Richmond area, O’Neill said. The company also has a laboratory near Philadelphia that is hiring.

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