ANN ARBOR – Progenity, a San Diego-based biotechnology company, reported last week it will close its genetic testing lab in Ann Arbor and permanently lay off 110 employees on Aug. 6.
As a result, the laboratory will no longer offer its Preparent Carrier Test, Innatal Prenatal Screen, Riscover Hereditary Cancer Test or its Resura Prenatal Test. Progenity is known for its genetic testing.
The layoffs are part of a wider workforce reduction that will result in 374 employees across Progenity and Avero, a Progenity affiliate, leaving the companies. The employees make up roughly 56 percent of the company’s workforce, according to Progenity.
Progenity reached a $49 million settlement with the U.S. government in July 2020 after it was accused of fraudulently billing federal healthcare programs for prenatal tests and providing kickbacks to physicians.