LabCorp 50 Years

Improving Health and Improving Lives for 50 Years


Our Story

From a lab in a former hospital to global life sciences company

In 50 years, LabCorp has transformed from a local laboratory operating from a former hospital to a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in ​guiding patient care.

When our founders, the Powell brothers, started Biomedical Reference Laboratories (BRL) in 1969 in a former hospital in Burlington, North Carolina, they never could have envisioned the LabCorp we now know.

Today we provide diagnostic, drug development, and technology-enabled solutions for more than 120 million patient encounters per year; typically process tests on more than 2.5 million patient specimens per week; and support clinical trial activity in approximately 100 countries.

Learn more about the company history by viewing the LabCorp timeline. Visit the LabCorp Thought Leadership webpage to learn about LabCorp's leadership in the areas of precision medicine and consumer empowerment.

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120 Million

patient encounters per year

Support of clinical trial activity in

~ 100 Countries
2.5 Million

patient specimens per week

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Dr. James B. Powell and his brothers, Thomas Edward Powell III and John Powell, formed Biomedical Laboratories (later known as Biomedical Reference Laboratories) in a former hospital in Burlington, N.C. Hoffman-La Roche acquired Biomedical Laboratories and merged all of its laboratory companies into one company, Roche Biomedical Laboratories (RBL). In 1995, RBL merged with National Health Laboratories to become LabCorp.

Fortune 2019