November 20, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Last Friday, Roche announced an agreement to acquire Viewics, Inc., of Sunnyvale, Calif., in a transaction that, subject to regulatory clearance, is expected to close on Nov. 21. Viewics sells a middleware analytics solution to clinical labs. Terms of the sale were not announced. Viewics was founded in 2010.

SUNQUEST IN DEAL WITH N-OF-ONE

Earlier this month, Sunquest Information Systems, Inc., said it had entered a partnership with Concord, Mass. based N-of-One. The two companies want to integrate N-of-One’s capabilities in the clinical interpretation for next generation sequencing (NGS) panels with Sunquest’s Mitogen, “a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and genetic analysis and reporting software suite for molecular diagnostics and precision medicine.” This partnership shows the speed with which next-generation gene sequencing is gaining acceptance in diagnoses and treatment decisions, particularly involving cancer.

CYTOPATH SELLS TO AURORA

On Nov. 1, Aurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., announced its acquisition of CytoPath, PC, of Alabaster, Ala. Aurora said CytoPath serves eight hospitals in Alabama and public records show six pathologists in the practice. Aurora stated that it now has 30 “affiliated local pathology practices.” Aurora Diagnostics was founded in 2006.

 

TRANSITIONS

  • Ted Snelgrove was appointed Chief Commercial Officer for Guardant Health of Redwood City, Calif. He previously held executive positions at Counsyl, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, CellScape Corporation, Crescendo Bioscience, Genomic Health, Amgen, and Immunex Corporation.
  • Pacific Biosciences announced that Kathy Ordoñez is its new Chief Commercial Officer. She worked previously at RainDance Technologies, Quest Diagnostics, Celera, and Hoffmann-La Roche.
  • Huntington Willard was selected as the Director of the new Geisinger National Precision Health Initative, launched by Geisinger Health System. Willard was founding Director of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy and is a former President of the American Society of Human Genetics.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, December 11, 2017.

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