Issue: Volume XIII No. 6 - May 1, 2006

Retrospective on Lab Automation in Japan

DO YOU REMEMBER BACK TO THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD NEWS that national lab companies like MetPath, Inc. and SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories (SBCL) were going to install full automation into their laboratories? It was back in 1991-1993 when this talk began filtering across the laboratory industry. This was the start of TLA (total laboratory automation) as a competitive threat. …

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Seoul, Korea Hosts Lab Automation Meeting

CEO SUMMARY: It was the fifth “International Conference on Laboratory Automation and Robotics.” Over the past decade, this meeting, started by the pioneers of clinical laboratory automation, has been the major forum to meet and discuss advances in all aspects of automation. This conference is not widely-known in North America or Europe, although the conference …

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Conference Speeches Offer Useful Insights

CEO SUMMARY: There is an interesting dichotomy between Asia and North America. The same problems and challenges exist in both regions—declining reimbursement and budgets, labor force issues, and the need to spend more for new diagnostic technology. Yet laboratories in both regions see automation from different perspectives. Here’s a summary of several presentations given at …

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Tour of Korean Labs Has Plenty to Teach

CEO SUMMARY: Faster turnaround times and better quality seem to be some common motivations for installing automation in the three Korean labs visited by THE DARK REPORT last month. All the laboratories were extra clean and neat, relative to most North American labs. Each of the laboratories visited reports a high degree of satisfaction with the performance of …

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May 1, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Lots of news unfolding across the lab industry. Here’s a round-up of recent and noteworthy items: NEW VENTURES • Persistent rumors indicate that a new national anatomic pathology company is in formation. Likely to be involved is James New, former CEO of AmeriPath, Inc. during its formative years and through that company’s sale to Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe in …

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