April 12, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

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One clinical laboratory company now says it provides COVID-19 testing services to all five of the major men’s professional sports leagues in the United States. On April 1, BioReference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI), a division of Opko Health, announced a new agreement with Major League Baseball. In its press release, BRLI said it will provide COVID-19 testing for “players and staff, stadium employees and league staff for the 2021 Major League Baseball (MLB) season.” BRLI will use Mesa Biotech’s Accula System to provide on-site rapid PCR point-of-care COVID-19 testing to all 30 MLB teams.

MORE ON: BioReference and Pro Sports Teams

Every clinical lab company would like to find a unique, profitable market niche. BioReference Laboratories seems to have found that niche in providing molecular COVID-19 testing services to athletic events. In the past year, BioReference provided COVID-19 testing services to the National Football League, the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., U.S. Soccer’s Women’s and Men’s National Teams, and the NBA G League in Orlando.

FAKE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS IN MEXICO

Fake COVID-19 test results are being sold in hotels and airports in Mexico. The Mexican Council of Medical Diagnostic Companies (COMED) publicy called on health regulator Cofepris (Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risk) to investigate and levy sanctions on companies and people selling fake COVID-19 test results to international travelers.

TRANSITIONS

Pathologist Emily Volk, MD, was selected as the new Chief Medical Officer at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital in New Albany, Ind. Previous positions were with University Health San Antonio, Baptist Health System San Antonio, and William Beaumont Hospital. 

• Paige of New York, N.Y., appointed Andy Moye, PhD, as Chief Commercial Officer. Moye previously held positions with Ontada, Caris Life Sciences, Philips, and CombiMatrix. 

• EllKay of Elmwood Park, N.J., announced the appointment of Gretchen Tegethoff as Regional VP of Strategic Relationships. Past positions have been with CHIME, Athens Regional Health, George Washington University Hospital, and IntelliData.

Patrick Turner is the new VP of Sales, USA and Canada, at the College of American Pathologists in Northfield, Ill. Prior positions were with OPKO Health, GenPath Diagnostics, LabCorp, SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, and Quest Diagnostics.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.  Look for the next briefing on Monday, May 3, 2021.

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