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Published May 18 2010

PRACS cuts 23 jobs amid lab closure

Closure of a bio-analytical laboratory at PRACS Institute in Fargo has resulted in the elimination of 23 jobs.

The job cuts and laboratory closure were part of a corporate reorganization announced to employees and clients by Cetero Research on March 31, said April Johnson, vice president of business relationship management.

PRACS Institute was purchased by North Carolina-based Cetero Research in 2007.

As part of the reorganization, Cetero decided to discontinue offering lab services to clients in Fargo, Johnson said.

Twenty-one Fargo-based PRACS Institute lab employees worked their last day on Friday. Two other employees are relocating to a Cetero bio-analytical laboratory in Houston, she said.

The 600-bed Fargo PRACS site continues to be the largest facility in the Cetero organization, Johnson said.

PRACS Institute was founded in 1983 by James D. Carlson.

Carlson, who lives in Fargo and is a Cetero board member, could not be reached for comment Monday.

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