Ascend got started in 2001 as a clinical reference laboratory in Silicon Valley. Our company was entirely self-funded and never took outside investment, which ensured that we would always make decisions that were best for customers and patients – not shareholders.
Our focus on continuous improvement and innovation led to rapid, sustained growth . More than 20 years later, we’re a truly national organization with multiple, growing laboratory and research capabilities. We have our main laboratory in Redwood City, CA and 2 offices in Colorado. We are currently building our flagship facility in Sunnyvale, CA, a 100,000 square-foot lab that will showcase the best of our industry’s abilities.
Our innovation and agility have enabled ongoing expansion and evolution. In 2020, for example, we were able to rapidly scale up a significant COVID-19 testing and research program. We’re proud to be partnering with institutions like Stanford University in important pandemic-related research, including the publication of several academic papers in prestigious journals like The Lancet. We’ve come a long way, and our best work remains ahead of us.
Our Future – and Yours
We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved in a relatively short amount of time. But we’ll never rest on past accomplishments. Instead, we’re doubling and tripling down on our mission and the pursuit of the next greatest things – in processing, in reporting, in customer service, in research – to help providers and patients.