March 9, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Many laboratory professionals are closely watching the development of Theranos, the lab testing company based in Palo Alto, California, that claims it has technology and a business model that will disrupt the clinical laboratory testing market. Recently Forbes announced its annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in the world. Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes made her debut on this year’s list. With a net worth of $4.5 billion, Forbes ranked her number 122nd among the world’s wealthiest 400 people.

Frankie the Dog Can Smell Cancer

It’s one more demonstration of the potential for dogs to play a role in the early detection of cancer. Researchers at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock presented a paper recently about how Frankie, a German Shepard mix, was able to detect thyroid cancer cases from the urine samples of patients. In 2013, our sister publication wrote about how Cliff, the Beagle, could sniff out Clostridium difficile in a research project performed at Vrije University Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Another example is in the United Kingdom, where, in 2012, Daisy the Golden Labrador’s ability to smell cancer launched a study known as the “Medical Detection Dogs” in that country. Each of these examples triggered an ongoing project to further assess whether these capabilities in canines can be developed into reliable waysto identify individuals who have undetected cancers.


  • Rick Panning, MBA, has assumed the position of Senior Administrative Director for the HealthPartners and Park Nicollet Care Group Laboratories in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior executive positions held by Panning include Fairview Health Services, Allina Hospitals, and the American Red Cross/St. Paul.
  • of Indianapolis, Indiana, announced the appointment of pathologist Charles Miraglia, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer. Miraglia has held executive positions with Sonic Healthcare USA, Esoterix Coagulation Laboratory, Laboratory Corporation of America, PA Labs, and Methodist Hospital of Indiana.

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…research at the University of Bradford in England that showed how, when blood cells get exposed to ultraviolet light (UVA), cancer cells can be differentiated from healthy cells. Armed with this revelation, the team developed the “lymphocyte genome sensitivity (LGS) test.” Efforts are now underway to develop diagnostic tests using this technology.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, March 30, 2015.


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