Kevin McKernan joins me to discuss the problems with PCR testing during the pandemic, and why they’re yielding results that are, to say the least, unhelpful.
In 2000 Kevin founded Agencourt Biosciences Corporation, which specialized in manufacturing DNA and RNA purification technology known as SPRI. It became the largest private DNA sequencing company at its time and received NHGRI grants to become their fifth genome center.
Beckman Coulter acquired Agencourt in 2005 and jointly spun out Agencourt Personal Genomics, which invented and commercialized the SOLiD Sequencer. Applied Biosystems acquired ApG in 2006.
After five years with Applied Biosystems/Life tech, Kevin left to start Medicinal Genomics and Courtagen Life Sciences.
Courtagen was a high complexity CLIA lab that performed clinical diagnostic testing using PCR and sequencing.
Medicinal Genomics is a cannabis Genomics company that builds Viral and microbial PCR assays for the cannabis field.
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