• Congress could be on verge of giving FDA oversight of lab-developed tests

    Congress is considering two bills that would regulate lab tests designed in-house, and the senior author of a new study focused on the tests, published in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, said he thinks it's warranted.
  • The 10 best cities for lab real estate

    Demand in the lab real estate market is driven partially by pharmaceutical sales, which are predicted to grow at a compound annual rate of 7.4 percent through 2026, according to a Sept. 15 report by Chicago-based commercial real estate firm JLL.
  • Zai Lab expands into Massachusetts biotech hub

    Shanghai-based biopharmaceutical company Zai Lab is ramping up its U.S. operations with a Cambridge, Mass., office, the company said Sept. 16.
  • Weill Cornell Medicine to raise $1.5B to expand and upgrade labs

    New York City-based Weill Cornell Medicine will build new research labs and upgrade its clinical and virology labs with funds from a $1.5 billion fundraising campaign, the school said Sept. 14. Weill Cornell has raised more than half that so far.
  • Tesis Labs partners with Georgia's Premier Health to offer preventive testing

    Phoenix-based genetic sequencing company Tesis Labs is partnering with Atlanta-based Premier Health to offer genetic testing to patients in the state, Tesis said Sept. 15.
  • Global clinical lab test market predicted to see 7.3% compound growth by 2028

    The global clinical lab test market will reach $320.14 billion by 2028, according to a study by New York City-based market research firm Polaris. The figure represents a 7.3 percent compound annual growth rate.
  • Michigan governor proposes $220M Lansing public health lab replacement

    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed a $1.4 billion healthcare package Sept. 14, including $220 million to build a new public health lab in Lansing and $115 million to update health IT systems.
  • Michigan lab reports 25% uptick in COVID-19 tests in past month

    West Bloomfield, Mich.-based Orchard Laboratories has seen a 25 percent increase in demand for COVID-19 testing in the past month, with the delta variant's spread pushing positivity rates higher, the testing lab said Sept. 15.
  • Montana National Guard to help state's lab with COVID-19 response

    Seven volunteer Montana National Guard soldiers will begin assisting the state's lab Sept. 15 with its COVID-19 response, the governor's office said. 
  • Lab tech salaries by state — Alaska is No. 1 at $69,390

    The average annual salary for clinical lab technicians in the U.S. is $55,990, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  • New portable device can quickly diagnose COVID-19, other diseases

    Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin have created a "lab-on-a-chip" device that can detect small amounts of virus in a sample. With the device, one silicon chip can test several patients with the accuracy of a clinical test, without the need for a trip to the hospital.
  • Labcorp to offer home collection kits to some Medicare Advantage members

    Burlington, N.C.-based Labcorp is offering Medicare Advantage-qualifying members of Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross home collection kits to manage diabetes and screen for colon cancer and kidney disease in those with diabetes, the company said Sept. 9. 
  • Wisconsin health system selects 4medica to manage lab data

    Data management firm 4medica will provide services for Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic Health system's labs, Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based 4medica said Sept. 8.
  • New Jersey lab error delays positive COVID-19 test results

    New Jersey reported an abnormally low 268 new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests Sept. 7. State Department of Health spokesperson Nancy Kearney said the number was lower than in recent weeks due to a lab processing error.
  • Georgia lab completes validation of combination respiratory test panel

    Alpharetta, Ga.-based Provista Diagnostics, a clinical diagnostics lab owned by medical diagnostics company Todos Medical, cleared all necessary hurdles to begin producing its new respiratory test panel, the lab said in a Sept. 1 news release.
  • Kaiser Permanente says lab glitch led to backlog of thousands of COVID-19 tests 

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente said that technical issues with lab system processing have led to thousands of delayed COVID-19 test results since the end of July, GovTech reported Sept. 2. 
  • Kentucky city gets its first cancer genomics lab

    Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare opened a cancer genomics lab, the company said in a Sept. 2 news release. It is the first lab in the city with on-site genomic testing.
  • COVID-19 surge overloading testing labs, causing backlogs

    COVID-19 testing labs around the country are again seeing delays in test result reporting, according to reports from California and Ohio. 
  • Owner of Texas lab company pleads guilty to $73M Medicare fraud scheme

    Leonel Palatnik, 42, co-owner of Dallas-based Panda Conservation Group, a medical lab company, pleaded guilty Aug. 31 for his role in a $73 million Medicare kickback conspiracy, according to a Justice Department news release. Mr. Palatnik paid kickbacks to a telehealth company in exchange for orders for medically unnecessary genetic testing. 
  • Texas lab to offer free COVID testing to 500 schools

    Dallas-based Kai Medical Laboratory will offer free COVID-19 testing in 500 Texas schools, Steven McAuley, CEO of the lab's parent company Empower Clinics, told Proactive. The lab can guarantee free testing thanks to its recent registration with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act program.

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