Pathologists interested in ways to automate the various manual steps in the histology laboratory may want to watch the progress of an emerging company. Clarapath of Hawthorne, N.Y., says it is “automating processes around the way tissue is processed onto glass slides via ‘sectioning,’ or cutting a cross-section of the tissue specimen.” The company just announced a new infusion of $16 million in capital from a Series B Funding. One of the investors is Northwell Health. Clarapath has raised a total of $39 million to fund its efforts to develop its SectionStar system which “provides automated sectioning for non-clinical and clinical pathology laboratories.”
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Histology is one area of labortory medicine where much of the workflow is done manually. Eric Feinstein is CEO of Clarapath. In a press release, he said, “Clarapath’s SectionStar consolidates many manual cutting, quality control, and decision-making steps into one piece of equipment, resulting in better quality tissue sections, faster processing efficiencies, and lower overall costs, all while providing richer data sets on those tissue specimens.”
USE OF DRONES FOR BLOOD PRODUCTS
At Fort Pickett, Va., army researchers are working with Near Earth Autonomy and L3Harris Technologies to show how drones might be used to deliver whole blood, particularly on the battlefield. Success with this demonstration may help accelerate use of drones to move lab specimens.
• Jason Newmark is now a Principal at ECG Management Consultants, owned by Siemens Healthineers. Newmark’s prior positions were with Baystate Health, and Stamford Hospital.
• Andrew Lukowiak, PhD, will be the new President and Chief Scientific officer at Epigenomics, Inc., of Seattle. Previously, Lukowiak served at Millennium Health, AltheaDx, Hologix, and Third Wave Technologies.
• Prime Healthcare of Ontario, Calif., announced that Carlton Burgess is its new Vice President of Laboratory Services. Burgess’ career includes positions at St. John Providence, California Laboratory Associates, Aspen Healthcare Metrics, Ambient ID, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, and Baxter Healthcare.
• Protenus, Inc., of Baltimore, appointed Michelle Del Guercio to be Chief Marketing Officer. She previously served at Sunquest Information Systems, Atlas Development Corporation, Aspyra, and BMH Clinical Laboratories.
That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Monday, December 20, 2021.