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Biotech, medical device company chops more than 1,000 Bay Area jobs

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NEWARK — The biotech and medical device company that made the 15-minute COVID test kit has decided to cut more than 1,000 jobs in the Bay Area, according to the state’s official labor report.

Cepheid is cutting 1,026 jobs in Northern California, according to a WARN letter sent by Cepheid to the State Department of Employment Development. The layoffs will cost him 1,003 jobs in the Bay Area, according to the notice.

The job cuts will result in 746 layoffs in Newark, 256 in Sunnyvale, 1 in Santa Clara and 23 in the City of Lodi in San Joaquin County, WARN said. This will cost him 1,026 jobs in Northern California.

The largest round of job cuts occurred at the Cepheid Manufacturing Center at 7000 Gateway Blvd. At Newark, 683 positions were lost.

Sunnyvale-based Cepheid said it will shut down its manufacturing center, which it calls the Newark B1 facility.

“This closure is expected to be permanent,” Cepheid said in a WARN notice. “The entire facility will be closed.”

Another 63 Cepheid workers lost their jobs at a nearby manufacturing site at 6601 Overlake Place in Newark. The company’s wording in his WARN letter suggests that the site, which the company calls his B2, will not be shut down entirely.

“The loss of jobs is expected to be permanent,” Cepheid said of Newark’s job cuts.

Cepheid made headlines in 2020 by creating a COVID test kit that gives results in 15 minutes.

However, the company’s core business is the automation of tests that can identify organisms such as viruses from their DNA and RNA.

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