INTERESTING THINGS ARE UNFOLDING within the profession of anatomic pathology. If the adage of “follow the money” applies to understanding why things happen, then recent events support some surprising conclusions.
Take the news reported in this issue of The Dark Report that PathGroup of Nashville is acquiring Pathologists Bio-Medical Laboratories (PBML) of Dallas. That brings together two regional
To deal with a shortage of surgical pathologists in the United Kingdom, the British National Health Service (NHS) is looking at solutions, such as deployment of digital pathology systems. According to a story in Pharma Times, the NHS is negotiating with Roche Diagnostics and partners to develop a program to implement digital pathology systems across the
There is progress on the integration of digital pathology systems and proprietary algorithms designed to help pathologists make diagnoses. This month, Visiopharm and Omnyx LLC, announced a joint venture. On its own, in Europe last year, Visiopharm earned a CE mark for its “in vitro diagnostic (IVD) software module for the breast cancer marker HER2.”
Definiens AG, one of the major players in the fast-growing market for digital pathology, raised $12.8 million in additional capital funding. The company, based in Munich, Germany, manufacturers systems for digital image analysis. Definiens stated that the new funds will be used for “commercial expansion of its current business and to develop and commercialize innovative
CEO SUMMARY: Once again, Roche is hunting for gene sequencing and gene analysis technology that can support its goal of being a world leader in gene-based therapeutics and clinical lab testing that utilizes gene tests and molecular diagnostics. Last week, Roche launched a hostile stock tender offer for shares of Illumina, Inc., of San Diego,
CEO SUMMARY: Digital pathology is considered to be one of the more disruptive technologies now finding acceptance in anatomic pathology. Since founding Aperio Technologies, Inc., of Vista, California, in 1999, President Dirk G. Soenksen, M.S., M.B.A., has been in the forefront of this important trend. In part one of this two-part interview, Soenksen discussed the
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
CEO Summary: Pathologists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are using a new system that combines image analysis software and algorithms to evaluate images containing numerous stains and biomarkers. Pathologists teach the system to identify tumor cells and distinguish them from non-tumor cells. Now used for research purposes, this sophisticated digital pathology system
CEO SUMMARY: In presenting this list of macro trends for clinical laboratories, several themes are in play. They range from a continued emphasis on improving lab operations to the need to acquire and deploy sophisticated information technology. During the next few years, the long-predicted retirement of Baby Boomers will kick in. That will aggravate the
Editor’s Note: Guest writer Martin Perry attended the FDA’s advisory panel on digital pathology conducted earlier this month. He is CEO of The Perry Group and has extensive experience in imaging and healthcare. He offers his insights from the FDA proceedings on digital pathology imaging.
DIGITAL PATHOLOGY CONTINUES to gain acceptance at a steady but measured