Issue: Volume XVII No. 15 - October 25, 2010

Clinical Labs and Whole Human Gene Sequencing

CLINICAL LABORATORY ADMINISTRATORS AND SENIOR EXECUTIVES would be well advised to pay close attention to our lead story about the whole human genome sequence collaboration just announced by the pathology department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and GenomeQuest, Inc. (See pages 3-6.) Together, the two organizations intend to be among the first in …

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“Primary-Care Pathology” One Goal at Beth Israel

CEO SUMMARY: In a pioneering collaboration, the pathology department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, will work with GenomeQuest, Inc., to perform whole genome sequencing of tumor specimens. GenomeQuest will handle sequencing, assembly, and annotation of the genetic data. BIDMC will analyze these whole human genome sequences to develop companion diagnostic tests …

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Q3 Earnings Are Mixed Bag For the Two Blood Brothers

IF THERE IS A NOTABLE EVENT in the laboratory testing marketplace during 2010, it is that one of the nation’s billion-dollar lab testing behemoths has reported three consecutive quarters of declines in the number of test requisitions it handled, when compared to the same quarters during 2009. In the memory of THE DARK REPORT, one …

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Growing Role for Digital Image Analysis in Pathology

CEO SUMMARY: For more than three years, pathologists at Washington University in St. Louis have worked with several different scanning products and digital pathology systems. Step-by-step, the Pathology Department has learned important lessons in how to capture digital images, archive them, then make them available on demand to the pathologists. WU currently captures images from …

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Spate of Lab Informatics Deals Signals Greater Investor Interest

DURING OCTOBER, three laboratory informatics companies were acquired or obtained new capital funding. It is an indication of the growing importance that laboratory informatics will play as healthcare moves toward the goal of the universal patient health record (EHR). The first of the three transactions came on October 7. Halfpenny Technologies, Inc., of Blue Bell, …

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October 25, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Southern California’s always-crazy lab testing marketplace has a new laboratory competitor. In recent months, Richard Nicholson re-entered the business by acquiring West Pacific Medical Laboratory, based in Santa Fe Springs, California. He is assembling a team of experienced professionals to put his new laboratory company on the path to sustained growth. MORE ON: Nicholson Nicholson …

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