April 26, 2021
San Francisco-based medical genetics testing company Invitae is investing $114.6 million to bring its wide-ranging test manufacturing capability to North Carolina, adding 374 life sciences jobs to the Research Triangle area.
The company, whose name is pronounced "in-VEE-tay," is moving into the rezoned and renovated 25-acre site of the former Morrisville Outlet Mall on Airport Boulevard, now with 245,000 square feet of Class A office and lab space and renamed The Stitch. The company said it chose the North Carolina site as its East Coast lab and production facility over competition from Frederick, Maryland.
"Biotechnology companies continue to choose North Carolina as a trusted and reliable location to grow their companies,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “From specialized workforce training programs to world-class research infrastructure, companies like Invitae appreciate the advantages our state delivers.”
Invitae has already provided medical genetics information to more than a million people. The company's tests include direct-to-consumer screening of saliva samples for common cancers and cardiovascular disorders, as well as physician-ordered tests to assess whole blood, cell-free DNA, DNA, post-mortem specimens, embryo biopsies, and other sample types for diagnostic data, reproductive health, and preventive medicine.
The company’s test menu is one of the broadest in the industry, including panel testing for thousands of genes associated with hereditary cancer, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders, pediatric disorders, metabolic disorders, and other hereditary conditions. It also has the ability to quickly create custom testing panels.