What Is a Gen-Probe Test?


Founded in 1983, Gen-Probe is a San Diego, California-based company which employs approximately 1,300 people (as of January 2011). The company specializes in molecular diagnostics and was the recipient of the 2004 National Medal of Technology. Gen-Probe makes testing materials for a variety of conditions in a number of medical fields.

Service Areas

  • Gen-Probe's key product and service areas include women's heath, prostate oncology, transplant diagnostics and blood screening. They also have tests for infectious and molecular diseases.

Cancer Screens

  • In 2010, Gen-Probe unveiled a urine test to screen for prostate cancer. The PCA3 test, presented at the American Urological Association in San Francisco, California in June 2010 is reported to have a lower false positive rate than much more intrusive biopsies.

Equipment Platforms

  • In addition to testing, Gen-Probe developed instrumentation platforms including hardware and software platforms specially designed for health care and biotech labs. The company also provides DNA extraction and purification kits for laboratory environments.


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