In recent years, a series of decisions involving molecular diagnostics tests made by Medicare officials and the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have caused much disruption in the clinical laboratory industry. In response to these developments, on April 16, the California Clinical Laboratory Association (CCLA) and a Medicare beneficiary filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department
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“Innovator of the Year” honors were recently bestowed on Robin Felder, Ph.D., who is Professor of Pathology and Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Felder was selected as the winner of the 2012 Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Virginia.
With the goal of developing biomarkers useful in diagnosing a variety of cancers, Pathwork Diagnostics, Inc., and Novartis AG announced a research partnership on July 30. It is an early example of a collaboration between a diagnostics company and a pharmaceutical company for the specific purpose of producing assays for use as “companion diagnostics”— diagnostic
CEO SUMMARY: As the closing year of the first decade of the new century and the new millennium, 2009 brought neither disruption nor upheaval to the majority of laboratories in the United States. Rather, it was marked by at least two themes. One was how public disclosure of problems with lab testing services generated media
CEO SUMMARY: Several companies want to be first to achieve the holy grail in sequencing: an accurate whole human genome sequence produced in an hour for $1,000. Complete Genomics announced earlier this month that it could sequence the full human genome for a materials cost of $4,400 (not including labor and overhead). Another competitor, Illumina,
IT WAS 1953 WHEN JAMES D. WATSON AND FRANCIS CRICK, working from X-ray data collected by Rosalind Franklin, described the double helix structure of the DNA molecule. That discovery inspired scientists to begin investigating the genetic basis of life.
In the 56 years since Watson and Crick published their findings, there has been steady progress at
CEO SUMMARY: In the same way that the Human Genome Project was disrupted by the entry of C. Craig Venter and Perkin-Elmer in what was then a 15-year, $3 billion project, now Complete Genetics of Mountain View, California, is disrupting the race to the $1,000 human genome sequence. Developments in this field are moving at
EVERYONE SHOULD CAREFULLY READ OUR LEAD STORY ON THE FACING PAGE. Titled “Rapid Gene Sequencing Predicted by Mid-2009,” it is a revealing look at the declaration of California-based Complete Genetics that, in less than eight months, it will begin delivering full human genome sequences priced at $5,000 each to interested customers at a cost of