June 18, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In New Jersey last week, David Nicoll, 44, the former owner of Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS) of Parsippany, N.J. was sentenced to 72 months in a federal prison. On the same day, his brother, Scott Nicoll, 37, who also worked at BLS, was sentenced to 43 months in prison. Both had previously pled guilty to U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler. Each defendant was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act, and one count of money laundering.

MORE ON: Biodiagnostic Lab Fraud Case

Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services received more than $100 million in payments from Medicare and private payers. The federal attorney in New Jersey has successfully convicted 53 defendants, including 38 physicians. TheParsippany Focus said that “It is believed that this is the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case.”


There is now an international list of “Essential In Vitro Diagnostics (EDLs).” This list was published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The list has two tiers: Tier I for primary healthcare and Tier II for healthcare facilities with clinical laboratories. Included in the last are about 50 tests for the detection and diagnosis of common conditions, and over 50 tests for the detection, diagnosis, and monitoring of priority diseases. Priority diseases include HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis B and C (HBV/HCV), HPV, and syphilis infections.


  • Lisa-Jean Clifford is the new COO and Chief Strategy Officer at Gestalt Diagnostics of Spokane, Wash. Clifford has held executive positions with Psyche Systems, IDG, Math-Soft, Ebusiness TechnologiesMcKesson HBOC, and IDX Systems.
  • Cancer Genetics, Inc.,of Rutherford, N.J., announced the appointment of Michael McCartney as its Chief Commercial Officer. McCartney has previously served at SciKon Innovation, Carolina Life Sciences, BioAgilytix Labs, Roche Diagnostics, Siemens, and Abbott Laboratories.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, July 9, 2018.

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