Michelle Beckwith, co-founder of PTC Laboratories, usually wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and is at the lab by 7. She and her team finish off whatever sanitation work was left over from the day before and assess the day ahead. The first batch of tests is at the front door by 7:30.

PTC and its clinical division, Genetrait, have carved out a niche in genetics, confirming familial relationships and factors that impact patient drug therapies. Before a legal change of name in 2016, PTC stood for “Paternity Testing Corporation.”

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