July 5, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

More developments have happened at Theranos, Inc., the beleaguered clinical lab company based in Palo Alto, California. On June 24, Brook Buchanan, Vice President of Communications at Theranos, resigned, giving personal reasons for the decision. Buchanan was hired in November 2015, just seven months earlier. Meanwhile, the press conference that was scheduled for Elizabeth Holmes following her scientific presentation at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry meeting in Philadelphia on August 1 has been cancelled. Press reports state that Holmes was advised that it would not be in her best interests to field questions from journalists at a time when the company is under a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice, along with a probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MORE ON: Theranos

After Walgreens terminated its agreement with Theranos on June 12, the lab company announced that it would be opening its own patient service centers in order to continue its lab testing activities in Phoenix. Theranos says it currently operates six PSCs.

DOC GUILTY IN BIO-DIAGNOSTIC LAB FRAUD CASE

One more physician has pled guilty in the Medicare fraud case involving Bio-Diagnostic Laboratory Services of Parsippany, New Jersey. Last Thursday, Juan Espindola, MD, a pulmonologist in Clifton, pled guilty to bribery charges. He becomes the 27th doctor convicted of accepting inducements from BDLS in violation of federal anti-kickback laws. Espindola received about $1,500 per month in “consulting fee” payments from BDLS, totaling about $15,000 in 2011 and 2012. In exchange, he referred $65,000 in blood tests to BDLS, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

TRANSITIONS

RainDance Technologies has appointed Kathy Ordoñez as CEO. Previously, she held executive positions at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Celera, and Hoffman-LaRoche, including Roche Molecular Systems.

Mario Morken is the new Director of Business Development at Exsome Diagnostics. Formerly, he worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and National Institutes of Health.

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… how a research study at Johns Hopkins University showed that the CDC does not record medical errors in its annual mortality report, despite the fact that such errors are the third leading cause of death annually.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, July 25, 2016.

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