Exact Sciences unveils new 695,000-square-foot lab facility on south side

Exact Sciences, one of Madison’s most conspicuous biotechnology companies, has expanded its local footprint with a new facility on Madison’s south side.

The molecular diagnostics company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday afternoon for the new laboratory space at 650 Forward Drive, which will be used to process millions of the company’s flagship colorectal cancer screening kits. It’s the second Exact Sciences building on what the company calls its “Discovery Campus,” a parcel of land previously occupied by Spectrum Labs, the Fortune 500 corporation formerly behind the production of Rayovac batteries.

The 695,000-square-foot facility features a massive warehouse and lab spaces for validating, cleaning and analyzing stool samples mailed in as part of the Cologuard screening test.