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Exact plans to open its second Cologuard processing lab this month — a 113,000-square-foot clinical lab and 56,000-square-foot warehouse off Schroeder Road that eventually will raise the company’s processing capacity to 7 million samples a year.
More than 100,000 people a month, on average, are being screened for colorectal cancer using Cologuard, the Madison company that makes the diagnostic test disclosed Tuesday. “Cologuard is changing how Americans get screened for colorectal cancer,” said Exact Sciences Corp. CEO and chairman Kevin Conroy.Exact Sciences starts scouting for a third lab site, CEO Kevin Conroy says. (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/4/2019)
Conroy said the third site would be used for the company’s future products, all of which are still in research and development.
Company spokesman Scott Larrivee later declined to say what potential sites are under consideration or how quickly Exact wants to act on a third lab. Neither the city of Madison nor the Madison Region Economic Partnership is working with Exact on the project at this time.
The Madison company is putting an addition onto its Cologuard processing lab on Badger Road and is building a new lab, offices and parking at the former site of Spectrum Brands headquarters, just off Schroeder Road.
It also is expanding facilities at two of the three buildings the company occupies in University Research Park, spokesman J.P. Fielder said.
Exact is submitting plans to the city to construct a 77,000-square-foot addition onto the existing four-story office building at 1 Exact Lane, formerly 601 Rayovac Drive. The offices used to house the headquarters for consumer products company Spectrum Brands, now in Middleton.
Exact bought the property in November and is updating the structure, which sat vacant for four years. Exact already has moved several hundred of its call center and administrative employees there.
Exact will build a second laboratory at the site to process its Cologuard DNA-based stool test to screen for colorectal cancer, as the Wisconsin State Journal reported in October.
The new lab will create 250 jobs “over time,” Exact CEO Kevin Conroy said in an interview.
The company also is remodeling the four-story office building at 601 Rayovac Drive that had housed Spectrum Brands’ headquarters, and it will tear down the aging, adjacent building, at 630 Forward Drive, that had served as Spectrum Brands’ research and development center. A parking ramp will go up in its place.
The decision gives Market Square LLC a clearer way ahead for the sale of the parking lot to a developer who plans to build an $11 million, 58-unit affordable senior apartment building on the spot that has been in the works since 2016.
According to a lawsuit filed Friday in Dane County Circuit Court, a company that owns the parking lot closest to the theater, where patrons of the budget multiplex customarily park, has told the owners of the Market Square shopping center the parking lot is being sold and that moviegoers don’t have a right to park there.
The company has informed shopping center owner Market Square Associates LLC and Silver Cinemas, which operates the second-run movie theater, that barricades will go up on May 1 to keep movie patrons from using the 151-space parking lot, which is located immediately outside the movie theater’s doors.