September 13, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing a method that might make it possible to diagnose and treat cancer through the use of special microneedles they developed. NCSU researchers use the microneedles to deliver nanoscale dyes based on quantum dots to locations under the skin. “Our findings are significant, in part, because this technology will potentially enable researchers to deliver quantum dots, suspended in solution, to deeper layers of skin. That could be useful for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, among other conditions,” stated Roger Narayan, M.D., Ph.D., Professor at NCSU’s Biomedical Engineering Department.

ADD TO: Microneedles

The microneedles delivered a water-based solution contain- ing fluorescent quantum dots into pig skin. Multiphoton microscopy was used to confirm how and where the microneedles delivered the quantum dots. This technology could contribute to more rapid diagnosis of cancers orother medical problems.


For those watching the global progress of ISO 15189 as the basis for laboratory accreditation and/or licensing requirements in different countries, the Philippines can now be added to the list. The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is requiring all medical laboratories in the nation to be accredited by The Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO) as meeting the requirements of ISO 15189:2007 Medical Laboratories.


  • PrimeraDx appointed Matthew McManus, M.D., Ph.D., to the position of President and CEO. Based in Mansfield, Massachusetts, PrimeraDx develops multi- plexed, quantitative assays for molecular diagnostics. McManus was most recently the head of Cleveland Clinic Laboratories and COO of the Clinic’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute.
  • Eric Olson was appointed to be President of the IVD Industry Connectivity Consortium (IICC), a global non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving how in vitro diagnostic (IVD) analyzers connect healthcare information technology (IT) systems. Olson will continue in his current position as Vice President of Informatics and eBusiness at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

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