Issue: Volume XXIV No. 13 - September 18, 2017

Go to a Football Game, Get a Free Genetic Test!

GENETIC TESTS REPLACED BOBBLEHEAD DOLLS AS THE GIVEAWAY at yesterday’s Baltimore Ravens home game against the Cleveland Browns. That’s a first in the world of professional sports! Tens of thousands of football fans received a fee DNA test kit as they entered the stadium on Sunday. The event was sponsored by Orig3n, a genetic testing …

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Drug Testing Labs in Texas, California Deal With Fraud Charges

CEO SUMMARY: Two toxicology lab companies accused of fraud are fighting to stay in business. In the case of Medicus Laboratories of Dallas, it is asking a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent state and federal lab regulators from pulling its CLIA license. At Proove Biosciences of Irvine, Calif., following a …

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Positive Patient ID System Catches Patients Cheating on Toxicology Tests

CEO SUMMARY: The urine drug testing industry is challenged every day to detect the large number of patients trying to cheat on their drug tests. GenoTox Laboratories of Austin, Texas, developed a DNA-authentication method for urine samples that allows the lab to detect when patients have used a substitute for urine when undergoing medication- and …

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Pathologist’s Error and Hospital’s Cover-up Lead to CMS Investigation

CEO SUMMARY: In the latest chapter of an explosive case at the University of Kansas Medical Center that includes claims of a cancer misdiagnosis, an unnecessary surgery, and a cover-up that involves the former chair of pathology, the patient has sued for fraud, negligence, and civil conspiracy. After a whistle-blowing pathologist filed an earlier lawsuit, …

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NYU Langone and Sonic Healthcare Create Laboratory Outreach Joint Venture

CEO SUMMARY: NYU Langone Health recognized the clinical and financial advantages of providing competitive lab outreach testing services to its employed physicians. The laboratory joint venture with Sonic Healthcare USA will allow NYU Langone to increase use of its hospital labs and will facilitate standardizing its testing methods, results, and reference ranges. The first phase …

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September 18, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Last week, 23andMe raised $250 million in a financing round led by Sequoia Capital. The company has an estimated value of $1.75 billion and has attracted $491 million in capital since its founding. In 2015, 23andMe formed a therapeutics division. This business unit is partnering with several major players in the pharmaceutical industry to use …

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