Five Things You Might Not Know About COVID-19 According to Chad Price, CEO of MAKO Medical Laboratories

Chad Price
5 min readJul 13, 2022

COVID-19 changed all of our lives forever. Back in 2020, when the virus first started to spread around the globe, few of us fully understood the impact that it would have. Now that we have been living in a pandemic world for more than two years, we have a chance to reflect on how we have weathered the storm. While it has not been easy, the experts at MAKO Medical Laboratories have been at the forefront of this ongoing battle. Within this post, I want to share some of the ways the MAKO family has supported the community.

MAKO Offers Speedy COVID-19 Tests

Testing has been our secret weapon against the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak began, I decided to change the core functionality of the MAKO Medical Laboratories sites. That involved expanding the testing and research laboratories and also hiring more staff. In just one year, our staff went from a few hundred to more than a thousand. All of the above allowed us to ensure that we could offer patients both fast and accurate tests.

Both physicians and other medical experts can order the ΜΑΚΟ COVID-19 {TaqPath RT-PCR} {720100} directly through our online platform. The quick and accurate test identifies the presence of the underlying virus (SARS-CoV-2) which is evident in cases of COVID-19. That means that we can easily assess whether someone has the virus. Over the last two years, we have been offering this service to the wider medical community.

We Utilize the Latest Technology

Needless to say, offering the latest testing services has always been a top priority. For that reason, we have partnered with some of the region’s leading technology companies. One example of this is that the MAKO Medical Laboratories team uses Life Technologies QuantStudio 12K Flex Systems to carry out TaqPath COVID-19 assays. This feature is vital in performing the Real-Time, Polymerase Chain Reaction tests.

Since the pandemic started, we have dedicated our efforts to making sure that we offer the latest services to those who need it most. You don’t need me to tell you that the world of technology is always moving forward. It happens at a remarkable rate. With that in mind, we have always kept our finger on the pulse when it comes to the advancements in technology. Partnering with leading companies has allowed us to make a large impact.

Our Testing Services are Highly Accurate

At MAKO Medical Laboratories, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer the most accurate tests and results to our patients. Another example of how we reach this goal is that we use the ThermoFisher TaqPath assay for COVID-19. This assay boasts a targeted specificity is 100% of currently available complete genomes for SARS-CoV-2. In simple terms, that means that our tests may be more accurate than others that are on the market.

Accuracy is vital when dealing with a virus like COVID-19. That is because the virus has a high level of transmissibility. It spreads quicker than other viruses. At MAKO Medical Laboratories, we understood this on a deep level. It was for that reason that we poured all of our efforts into ensuring that we could offer the most accurate tests from the beginning. Now that we have some distance from the pandemic outbreak, we can look back and understand that this was the correct move. I could not be more proud of the expert team.

The MAKO Tests are Easy to Use

One of the major things that concerned people was how the COVID-19 tests worked. For many, understanding what specimens you would have to give ahead of time was vital. The preferred types of samples we require are nasopharyngeal (NP) or oropharyngeal (OP) swabs. That means that you take nose and throat swabs and return them to the team. While that may sound somewhat invasive, I can assure you that it is the easiest process.

Over the last two years, we have conducted more than 10 million tests. That means that the experts are well-versed in making the process as easy as possible for patients. Since we have been working with some of the biggest names in technology and medical science, we can offer the most revolutionary testing system for the COVID-19 virus. That has put many people’s minds at rest when they have come to us needing a fast and accurate test.

We Offer a Variety of Collection Kits

The final piece of the puzzle is ensuring that we can get the tests quickly and easily. We understand the importance of flexibility. That is why we offer a variety of different collection kits. When you get a test from MAKO Medical Laboratories, you may have to use a range of different media. Don’t worry — your medical representative will take care of all of this work for you before you get started. We offer Hardy Diagnostics, Puritan, Copan, Purflock, BD Viral Transport, and Starplex collection kits to make the whole process run smoothly.

Taking care of the samples has never been more important. These specimens need to be refrigerated if received within 72 hours of testing. On the other hand, when the samples come within 24 hours of testing, they can be kept at room temperature. Our team understands the intricacies of this approach and takes the best care of each sample. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, we can offer the most effective testing services.


Contrary to popular belief, the pandemic crisis is not over. While the cases are dropping and we are learning more about the virus, it’s important to keep on the front foot at all times. Here at MAKO Medical Laboratories, we are dedicated to doing just that. It goes without saying that we are thankful for all the individuals who have relied on our support and will continue to offer the highest level of services to those who need it the most.

About Mako Medical and Chad Price

With a dedicated expert team of nationally-recognized doctors specializing in methodology development and pathological services, MAKO Medical Laboratories is a game-changing, community-focused medical brand. Offering patients 100% transparency and speed in their testing results, the company is set to revolutionize the world of healthcare.

Founded in 2014 by Chad Price, Adam Price, and Josh Arant, the business is now a well-known name in the world of medical testing. The forward-thinking company was started with the mission of standing out from the crowd, for all the right reasons, while delivering a super fast service to clients.

Originally published at on July 13, 2022.