January 12, 2009 “Intelligence:  Late Breaking Lab News”

Here’s an interesting quirk. It seems none of the major lab professional associations and societies have yet to alert their members to last week’s national news about inaccurate Vitamin D test results at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. At least, that was true today, based on visits to their Web sites before this issue of THE DARK REPORT went to press. Among the lab industry trade magazines, only Clinical Lab Products had a post on its Web site about inaccurate lab tests at Quest Diagnostics.

ADD TO: Lab News

This may illustrate why the laboratory profession continues to lack the unity found in many other fields of medicine. Because so many lab professionals tend to be most active in medical societies and associations that are connected to their sub-specialty interest, it means lab news tends to flow rather easily within these specialized interest silos, but travels much slower between these silos.

DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH AGAIN AT BIO-REFERENCE

Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. (BRLI), of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, continued its unbroken, multi-year streak of reporting double-digit growth in specimen volume and revenue. Led by gains in esoteric testing, BRLI reported that its fourth-quarter fiscal 2008 earnings surged 12.9%. For the year, the company’s net income increased 11.9% to $15.62 million, compared to $13.96 million in fiscal 2007. Total revenue in 2008 grew 20.2%, to $301.07 million, compared to $250.43 million in fiscal 2007. There was also double-digit growth in the number of patients served, which increased 11.0%, to 4.09 mil- lion during 2008, compared to 3.68 million in 2007.

BIOIMAGENE SELLS 100 DIGITAL PATHOLOGY SYSTEMS

BioImagene, Inc., hit its goal of selling 100 digital pathology systems in a single year. The Cupertino, California- based firm doubled its business volume compared to the previous year. It shipped 50 scanners in the fourth quarter alone. Using BioImagene systems, the company reports that client-pathologists scanned and analyzed 25,000 anatomical pathology slides in the fourth quarter. The growing numbers of digital pathology systems sold each quarter is one sign that more pathology groups are taking active steps to introduce digital pathology solutions into their daily routine.

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…the job of lab scientist ranks number five on the list of the “10 Germiest Jobs in America.” That’s according to Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

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