May 06, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Much is happening in the anatomic pathology market in the Pacific Northwest. PAML, LLC (Spokane, Washington), and CellNetix (Seattle, Washington) finally executed the agreement whereby PAML made an equity investment in CellNetix. Now, the two lab companies will collaborate on developing a reference and esoteric anatomic pathology testing service with national ambitions. Within days of this press release, Incyte Pathology of Spokane announced that it would change its name to Incyte Diagnostics. It said “The [name] change follows the merger last year between InCyte Pathology and Eastside Pathology [of Bellevue, Washington].”

CYTOLOGY LAB OPENS IN IRELAND

Pap smear testing is returning to Ireland. MedLab Pathology (MLP), a division of Sonic Healthcare Ltd., is opening a state-of-the-art cytology laboratory in Dublin. MedLab holds a contract to perform 50% of the 338,000 Pap smears performed annually on Irish women. MLP has 91 employees that include 34 medical scientists and two consultant pathologists. In 2008, the Irish Health Service had outsourced 100% of cervical cancer screening tests to Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, which performed these tests in the United States.

ADD TO: Irish Paps

Pathologists and other physicians in Ireland were unhappy with the decision of the Irish Health Service to outsource all the nation’s Pap smear testing. Among other things, it was pointed out that it would be impossible to train young pathologists in cytology if all such testing were performed outside the country. Currently, MLP is reporting about 160,000 Pap tests annually. A cervical cytology training unit has also been established within its lab facility.

TRANSITIONS

  • PathXL of Belfast, Ireland, a company that provides “web- based solutions for digital pathology,” said it had appointed John Durborow as Director of Sales and Business Development for North America. He has held executive positions with Aperio Technologies, Hologic, and Cytyc Corporation.

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