September 21, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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In Dover, Delaware, entrepreneur pathologist Ray Sukumar, M.D., earned a unique distinction. Earlier this summer, Sukumar was granted a patent for his unique design of a compact histopathology laboratory in a standard delivery van. That accomplishment earned recognition by the Delaware Economic Office. Sukumar, who founded Doctors Pathology Service (DPS) in 2003, has created a new business model for general community pathology. This business model features “pathology at the point of care.” DPS pathologists deliver anatomic pathology services at the physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center (ASC), using the mobile histopathology laboratory. (See TDR, March 12, 2007.)

MORE ON: New Patent

Sukumar’s patent covers the design of what he calls “MICS.” This stands for Mobile Intraoperative Consultation Service. The mobile histopathology laboratory is CLIA- accredited. By taking pathology services directly to the location where the physician treats the patient, DPS has generated strong physician loyalty. For the past six years, it has been one of the fastest- growing pathology businesses in Delaware and surrounding states.

UCSF AND ABBOTT PARTNER TO IDENTIFY UNKNOWN VIRUSES

Banding together, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Abbott Laboratories formed the “UCSF Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center” at the beginning of the summer. This non-profit center will “expedite virus discovery in acute and chronic human illnesses, including outbreaks and rare and unusual diseases.” A key tool in this effort is the ViroChip. This micro-array-based system was developed by two UCSF professors. One is molecular biologist Joseph L. DeRisi, Ph.D., and the other is Donald Ganem, M.D., who teaches microbiology and immunology.

ADD TO: VIRUS ID

In 2003, as the SARS outbreak commenced, DeRisi received a specimen from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In a matter of hours, he identified and characterized the virus through the use of the microarray system he had developed. He was one of the first in the world to accurately characterize the SARS virus. (See TDR, April 14, 2003.)

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