Issue: Volume VII No. 9 - June 19, 2000

Investors Returning To Lab Industry

SOMETHING BIG IS HAPPENING to the clinical laboratory industry and the anatomic pathology profession. For the first time in six or seven years, the investment community is paying close attention to the laboratory industry. This should be a welcome development for commercial lab owners and anatomic pathologists. Behind the scenes and out of the headlines, a number …

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Merger Creates “New” Pathology Competitor

CEO SUMMARY: Pathology business consolidation and regionalization continues. Pathology Consultants of America, Inc. (PCA) and PathSOURCE, Inc. announced their intention to merge last month. The combined company will be called Inform DX, Inc. and will compete nationally for anatomic pathology business. Inform DX represents a new business model for the anatomic pathology profession. TWO WELL-FINANCED …

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1-For-10 Reverse Stock Split Boosts LabCorp’s Share Price

MAY PROVED TO BE an auspicious time for Laboratory Corporation of America to restructure its equity base. In the process, it’s positioning itself to be a tougher competitor in the lab testing marketplace. Ever since the company was first created by the merger of Roche Biomedical Laboratories and National Health Laboratories (NHL) in 1995, LabCorp’s …

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Web-Based Lab Transactions Part of McKesson HBOC’s Plan

CLINICAL LABORATORY DATA will play a big role at iMcKesson, the new Internet healthcare business unit of McKesson HBOC, Inc., based in San Francisco. McKesson HBOC is putting existing business assets representing annual sales of $300 million into this new division. They include Abaton.com, Physician Office Manager, and Acess Health, among others. Real-Time Web Services …

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Questions Remain About Performance Of Liquid-Prep Paps

CEO SUMMARY: During the past five years, several companies entered the lab marketplace with claims that their new Pap test technologies are improvements over conventional Pap smear methods. Armed with investment capital from Wall Street, these companies launched aggressive sales and marketing campaigns to clinical labs, pathologists, payers, physicians, and women. The diversity of advertising …

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“June 19, 2000 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

At DIANON Systems, Inc., recent growth in revenues and profits may cost the anatomic pathology company its independence. In recent weeks there’s been widespread speculation that DIANON may be involved in some type of acquisition or merger negotiations. At various times, each of the two blood brothers has been rumored as an interested party. As …

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