A new facility has opened at the University of Michigan to handle diagnostic testing of millions of samples per year including patients' blood, saliva and tissue.
The Michigan Medicine Clinical Pathology facility is located in four former Pfizer buildings in Ann Arbor and received its first patient sample last month.
Samples also include urine, cells and DNA. They come in for testing from University of Michigan clinics and hospitals as well as from around the country.
A digital tracking system monitors the progress of samples from the time they are obtained through testing, diagnosis and reporting of results.
The new facility and upcoming renovations in the pathology areas of the main University of Michigan hospital make up a $160 million project.
The school in 2009 bought Pfizer's former research complex.