Remote health testing provider establishes specialized lab in Blue Ash
CINCINNATI – July 21, 2023 – Preventx, a remote sexual health testing provider based in the UK, is opening a specialized lab in Blue Ash, Ohio, through the support of JobsOhio and REDI Cincinnati. The lab will add 17 new jobs to the Cincinnati region over the next three years.
“We are delighted to be entering the U.S. market to provide accessible at-home testing across all 50 states, especially in support of public health. We are equally delighted to be in the greater Cincinnati area due to its geographic location and dynamic business, healthcare and academic infrastructure,” said Nick Malhomme, U.S. development director, Preventx.
Preventx is entering the U.S. market for the first time, bringing 15 years of experience to address critical gaps in existing testing services. Presently, testing methods in the U.S. rely on in-person clinic visits, which includes barriers for hard-to-reach groups, such as those located significant distances from testing facilities, those uncomfortable visiting a clinic and those with scheduling conflicts. Current strategies also add strain to the public health infrastructure.
The remote testing afforded by Preventx, which can be completed in the privacy of a patient’s house, affords testing to large numbers of individuals without bogging down in-clinic services and allows underserved populations to be reached.
Preventx is Europe’s largest provider of remote sexual health testing, dispatching over 5.5 million STI testing kits and carrying out over 15 million tests through its in-house lab.
“Preventx is an innovative company with plans to add to Ohio’s growing health tech community by opening its first North American lab services location in the Cincinnati Region,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “Ohio’s strong biomedical, life science and healthcare environment will support Preventx as it continues to pioneer remote testing solutions for underserved patients in the U.S., Europe and worldwide.”
“We are grateful to support Preventx as it establishes its first U.S. lab services here in the Cincinnati region,” said Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO, REDI Cincinnati. “Our region has a rich history of innovation that dates back to our humble beginnings over 200 years ago, and Preventx’s disruption of prevailing health testing models through its remote service aligns perfectly with that tradition. We also appreciate Preventx for seeking testing solutions that positively impact health care both here in the U.S. and in Europe.”
Preventx operates a specialized lab in Cincinnati, Ohio, to provide full-service remote testing solutions and empower public health officials in the U.S. to implement reliable, trusted remote sexual health services through an adaptable digital platform, efficient self-sampling and in-house specialist diagnostic lab. With over 15 years of experience, Preventx is the largest provider of remote sexual health testing across Europe. The company supports global public health officials in unlocking funding and identifying a path forward to implement sexual health testing solutions that will reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in their communities. In the UK, Preventx runs over 60 large-scale programs including the National Hepatitis C testing program and Sexual Health London (https://www.shl.uk/), the largest publicly funded remote sexual health testing program anywhere in the world.
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