Interesting things are happening in the commercial clinical lab testing market internationally. In New Zealand, district health boards continue a decadeslong trend of squeezing commercial lab companies with the goal of reducing laboratory testing costs and eliminating redundancies. Currently the district health boards (DHBs) of Capital Coast, Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa-representing the the lower part of New Zealand’s north island-are evaluating proposals to consolidate all community and hospital laboratory services into one service entity. Newspapers report that the DHBs want “one management structure and process across the region.” News reports also say that the DHBs are in talks with two private lab companies: Aotea Pathology and Southern Community Laboratories.
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International Diagnostics Holdings, a lab company based in Egypt, intends to offer an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange in February. The company plans to raise up to US$300 million by selling 45% of the company. The company says it offers genetic tests, diabetes diagnosis and basic radiology across seven different brands, four central labs, and 283 branches across the Middle East. Integrated Diagnostics was formed in 2012 by the merger of Al Mokhtabar and Al Borg Laboratories.
- Aurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, announced the appointment of Anthony Bobos as Chief Information Officer. Bobos was formerly with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.
- Jennifer Skeen, Ph.D., is the new Vice President of Clinical Operations for bioTheranostics, Inc., of San Diego, California. Previously she held management positions with Pathway Genomics, Asuragen, and Alverno Clinical Laboratories.
- Sue Beruti, M.D. has joined bioTheranostics as Medical Director. Beruti formerly held executive positions at Genoptix.
- Thomas McKee Williams, M.D., died on January 7 at the age of 57. He was the Chair of Pathology at the University of New Mexico Department of Pathology from 2008 through
2012 and a former Executive Vice Dean of the UNM School of Medicine.
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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.