November 16, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Roper Industries, the owner of Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., acquired two more lab informatics companies. On October 26, it announced a definitive agreement to purchase Atlas Medical, familiar to lab administrators as one of the main providers of connectivity solutions for clinical labs and pathology groups in the United States. Roper also signed an agreement to acquire CliniSys Group Ltd., a significant supplier of laboratory information management systems in Europe. Because CliniSys supplies 2,000 laboratories in 34 countries, the acquisition is contingent on regulatory approval by authorities in Germany and the United Kingdom. When completed, the two acquisitions will make Roper and Sunquest one of the world’s largest providers of lab information systems.

MORE ON: Sunquest

In 2014, Sunquest surprised many in the clinical lab industry when it acquired Data Innovations of Burlington, Vermont. Data Innovations has been a major provider of middleware and instrument connectivity solutions for clinical labs. Sunquest was itself acquired in 2012 by Roper Industries, which installed Matthew Hawkins as the new CEO of Sunquest and tasked him with developing a more aggressive growth strategy.

PATHOLOGY CHAIR

Starting January 2016, J. Stephen Dumler, MD, will become Chair of the Department of Pathology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. He succeeds Robert Friedman, MD, who retired in 2014 after 34 years as chair of the department. Dumler will be responsible for an “expanded academic enterprise that aligns the academic and service work of the Department of Pathology at USU, the Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Joint Pathology Center, the successor organization to the former Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.” Dumler is currently a professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

TRANSITIONS

  • Empire Genomics of Buffalo, New York, announced that John J. Rushton, PhD, is its new Chief Operating Officer. Rushton has held executive positions at PAML, Signature Genomics, and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, December 7, 2015.

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