DNA and drug testing firm AlphaBiolabs has expanded its laboratory operations to meet growing demand with a £500,000 investment programme.
The Warrington-based company, which carries out DNA relationship and workplace drug and alcohol testing, has boosted capacity and extended its range of services with the installation of new laboratory equipment.
This includes additional advanced instrumentation for analysing drug and alcohol test samples.
AlphaBiolabs has also installed new generation DNA analysers. These enable the company to increase the number of markers examined in DNA tests to from 21 to 25 as standard, with the option of extending this to 62 markers for complex cases.
To support its expansion, AlphaBiolabs has strengthened its scientific team based at its Warrington laboratories.
The recruits include Harriet Challenger to the new role of laboratory manager to oversee the growing DNA and toxicology teams.
Harriet has more than 20 years’ experience in the forensic field. Her previous roles include ones at the Forensic Science Service, Heinz and pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi.
The other new recruits are DNA reporting scientist Dave Beesley, DNA laboratory scientist Claire Nicholson, toxicology analyst Stephanie Sherwood and toxicology administrator Kirsty Shaw.