July 17, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Here’s an update on Theranos, the troubled lab company that is struggling to stay alive. Once again, reporter John Carreyrou of The Wall Street Journal scooped his peers by reporting that Theranos has listed its corporate offices for lease. For lab companies shopping for office space in Palo Alto, Calif., Theranos has listed its 116,172 square foot building. Rates are negotiable, portions of the space can be leased, and terms through August 2029 are available. The company continues to fight several lawsuits by investors and other companies that had dealings with Theranos.


Last month, five more doctors pled guilty to charges they accepted bribes from Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, the defunct lab that was based in Parsippany, N.Y. This brings to 50 the number of convictions of physicians, executives, and others who accepted bribes and other forms of illegal kickbacks from BLS.


Having operated In-Office Pathology Inc. for more than a decade, its owners are expanding into new medical specialties. Bernie Ness and Joe Plandowski recently organized In-Office Cytometry Inc., to help physicians in the fields of ENT, GI, infectious disease, rheumatology, and allergy to set up and operate in-office laboratories to perform flow cytometry testing.


• Ran Whitehead joined Pacific Diagnostics Laboratories of Santa Barbara, Calif., as General Manager. Whitehead’s executive experience includes PeaceHealth Laboratories, SED Medical Laboratories, Lee Memorial Health System, Home Healthcare Laboratories of America, Baptist Hospital (Nashville), Moses Cone Health System, International Clinical Laboratories, Smith-Kline BioScience Labs, Duke University Medical Center.

• In May, Richard L. Faherty left Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President, Administration. Faherty had been with BRLI since 1997.

NanoString Technologies appointed Chad Brown as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has held positions with Qiagen, Roche Diagnostics, Rotech Healthcare, Apria Healthcare, and Chiron Diagnostics.

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…how the Swiss post office completed a demonstration project that showed it is possible to use drones to move medical laboratory specimens across urban landscapes to cut transport times.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, August 7, 2017.



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