Aria Diagnostics LLC on Friday said it has leased 16,000 square feet of additional space and plans to hire 50 more employees to help it expand its capacity to produce COVID-19 testing kits.
The expansion will allow Indianapolis-based Aria to boost testing-kit assembly from 137,000 to 400,000 per week, the company said.
The additional employees will increase the company’s workforce to 200.
Aria Diagnostics, 5635 W. 96th St., occupies space in the Northwest Technology Business Park in Indianapolis, and has leased the new space across the street, it said.
Aria said having more test kits would allow it to open two additional test sites—one at St. Luke’s United Methodist, 100 W. 86th St., in Indianapolis starting June 15, and the other at the Community Church of Greenwood, 1477 W. Main St., starting Monday.
The company’s other sites are at its headquarters and at Northview Church in Carmel, 12900 Hazel Dell Parkway.
Aria offers both regular COVID-19 tests and antibody testing.
In recent months, Aria has pushed hard to offer testing services for the virus. It has provided thousands of COVID-19 test kits to Indiana municipalities and New York City, as well as numerous companies and first responders.
The company also offers testing for substance use disorder and pain management providers as well as many other specialties to detect patients’ recent use of prescription medications and illicit drugs, and to help monitor the effectiveness of treatment plans.
“Since we began testing for the novel coronavirus, our guiding principle has always been that to get ahead of this pandemic, we need to test everyone,” said Zak Khan, co-Founder of Aria Diagnostic Laboratories, in written comments. “The demand for tests is tremendous, and we have refined the logistics and processing to be extremely efficient so we can provide the most affordable, accessible and accurate tests to individuals, cities, states and companies.”