April 15, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Geisinger Health System broke ground last month on construction of a new $52 million medical laboratory facility. It will be 115,000 square feet and will be located at the site of the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.


Cancer Genetics, Inc., of Rutherford, New Jersey, completed an initial public offering (IPO) and raised $6 million. It will trade on NASDAQ with the symbol: CGIX. It calls itself an early stage company with proprietary tests to detect difficult-to-diagnose cancers and predict treatment outcomes.


Last month, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and Accreditation Canada declared that they would work together and “offer Canada’s health care and medical laboratory communities accreditation to ISO 15189.” SCC is a signatory and full member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).


  • Clarissa A. Willett was named as the new Chief Financial Officer for Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, LLC (PAML), based in Spokane, Washington. Willet was formerly an executive for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Meritan Health.
  • Amber R. Phipps, Ph.D., is the new Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL), a division of Sonic Healthcare Ltd. Phipps came to AEL after serving in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Medical Operations Officer at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
  • David A. Mongillo, retired from the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), died on February 18. He was 64 and suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mongillo had a long career working for professional associations, including ACLA, the College of American Pathologists, The American Petroleum Institute, and Washington Occupational Health Associates.
  • bioTheranostics, Inc., of San Diego, California, named Michael C. Dugan, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Dugan was formerly CMO at Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., and has held positions with Genzyme Genetics and Specialty Laboratories, as well as pathology professorships at UCLA and Wayne State University.

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