April 23, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

“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. Across the lab industry, Felder is recognized for his ongoing work in the field of laboratory automation. He calls himself a serial entrepreneur and has played a role in launching nine companies in the past 20 years.

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Felder’s colleagues complimented him on his continuing enthusiasm for identifying new technologies and bringing them to market. “He is the poster child for how innovation can become a key part of faculty members’ academic pursuits,” observed Mark Crowell, Executive Director UVa Innovation and Associate Vice President for Research. “He has taken the extra step of looking for opportunities to translate discoveries in the lab into a new service, product, or company to benefit society and generate economic value.”


For its whole human genome sequencing needs, Mayo Clinic, of Rochester,  Minnesota, will use the services of Complete Genomics, Inc., of Mountain View, California. The outsourcing arrangement will support and expedite Mayo’s translational genomics-based programs.


  • John J. Krolewski, M.D., Ph.D., was named Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. Most recently, Krolewski was Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He established molecular diagnostics labs at both UCI and Columbia University.
  • CombiMatrix Corporation, of Irvine, California, announced that Richard Hockett, M.D., will be the company’s new Medical Director, effective May 1. Hockett was formerly Chief Medical Officer at Affymetrix, Inc., and has held positions with Eli Lilly and Company, and with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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