September 22, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Did you know that the world’s longest automation track in a clinical laboratory has just become operational in India? At 93.5 meters (307 feet), it is longer than a football field, according to a press release issued by Siemens Diagnostics. The automation was installed at the central lab of Thyrocare Technologies in Mumbai, India. The lab company says it handles more than 30,000 specimens daily and that the capacity of this automated line is 200,000 tests per day.

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Thyrocare purchased the Siemens Aptos lab automation system. The press release stated that “it has 31 instruments (24 Advia Centaur XP Immunoassay systems and 7 Advia 2400 Chemistry systems) docked to the track, [along with] 10 rack loading–unloading robots and 5 decappers.” The scale of this lab automation project is one sign of robust growth in the clinical laboratory testing market in this populous nation of 1.3 billion people.


In response to the fast-moving advances in gene-sequencing and genetic medicine, Partners Healthcare and Sunquest Information Systems announced a strategic alliance. The two organizations will collaborate to develop “a next generation genomic information system and knowledge base that will speed the advent of precision medicine.” In the press release, Jeff Golden, M.D., Chairman, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, noted that “There is a need for a single, complete and seamless laboratory information system that combines both a strong genomic IT platform with an anatomic pathology and clinical pathology platform.”


  • Todd G. Johnson was appointed as President and CEO by LABS, Inc., of Centennial, Colorado. Previously, Johnson held executive positions at Pathway Genomics, Biocept, Insight Health, Laboratory Corporation of America, Ventana Medical Systems, and Abbott Diagnostics.
  • Charles A. Parkos, M.D., Ph.D., was appointed Chair of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School, effective September 15. Parkos came to Michigan from Emory University.

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