PathGroup Acquires DermLab to Strengthen Dermatopathology Presence in the Southeastern US

PathGroup, one of the largest providers of anatomic pathology, digital pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, announced the acquisition of DermLab, an independent dermatopathology laboratory based in Birmingham, AL. The addition of DermLab is PathGroup’s second dermatology acquisition in 2021 and enhances the company’s dermatopathology capabilities, a key strategic initiative.

PathAI Enters into Clinical Diagnostics through Acquisition of Poplar Healthcare Management

PathAI, a global provider of artificial intelligence-powered technology for pathology, announced their acquisition of Poplar, the management service organization for Poplar Healthcare PLLC, an industry-leading independent anatomic pathology laboratory services provider. Memphis-based Poplar Healthcare supports physicians across the country with its GI Pathology, D-PATH Dermatology, OncoMetrix, Bostwick Laboratories and Women’s Health Laboratories specialized testing services. Poplar’s facilities, management team and 350 employees now comprise PathAI’s diagnostics division, which will remain based in Memphis.

Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. Acquires Anatech, Ltd.

Cancer Diagnostics, Inc. (CDI), a Durham, North Carolina-based industry-leading provider of anatomic pathology products, has acquired Anatech Ltd., (Anatech) Battle Creek, Michigan. Anatech has been supplying distinctive products for anatomical pathology since the company was founded in 1984 and will continue to operate out of its existing manufacturing facility in Battle Creek.

PathGroup Acquires SkinDx, Expanding Dermatopathology Services

PathGroup, one of the largest providers of anatomic pathology, digital pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, announced the acquisition of SkinDx, a leading dermatopathology laboratory in the Southeastern U.S., based in Birmingham, Alabama. This acquisition expands PathGroup’s presence in the dermatopathology space, while also providing state-of-the-art molecular pathology and clinical pathology services for current SkinDx clients. PathGroup is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management.

Discovery Life Sciences Acquires Targos to Create Market-Leading Global Tissue Biomarker Services

Discovery Life Sciences™ (Discovery), the biospecimen and biomarker specialists™, announced today that it has acquired Targos Molecular Pathology GmbH, Germany (Targos), one of the largest molecular pathology laboratories in Europe, to significantly expand its global tissue biomarker services. Targos represents another milestone in Discovery’s global expansion and complements its prior acquisition of Santa Barbara, Calif.-based QualTek Molecular Laboratories (QualTek), a leading North American immunohistochemistry (IHC) and biomarker development provider.

CellCarta Strengthens Its Histological Biomarker Franchise by Acquiring Artificial Intelligence-Based Quantitative Pathology Leader Reveal Biosciences

CellCarta, a global provider of precision medicine services, announced today the acquisition of Reveal Biosciences (“Reveal”), a San Diego California based computational pathology company offering cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI)-based quantitative pathology and immunohistochemistry services to the biopharmaceutical industry. This acquisition further strengthens CellCarta’s position as a leading provider of histopathology biomarker services and will enable the company to broaden its offering in AI-enabled multi-omic data analysis services and applications.

StageBio Expands Its Global Presence with Acquisition of TPL Path Labs

StageBio, a leading provider of GLP-compliant necropsy, histology, pathology and specimen archiving services for both preclinical and clinical research, announced today its acquisition of TPL Path Labs of Freiburg, Germany. The combined organization offers an expanded array of histopathology, molecular pathology, toxicology, digital image analysis and related solutions to biopharma, medical device and academic researchers across the U.S., Europe and beyond. StageBio is a portfolio company of Ampersand Capital Partners.

UnitedHealthcare Reimbursement Cuts Have Pathology Groups on Edge

UnitedHealthcare has issued new fee schedules to a number of Texas pathology groups in recent months, raising concerns that a broader effort to lower payment rates could be coming. The UHC action follows moves over the past year and a half by insurer Anthem to significantly cut payment rates for many pathology practices across the country and fits within a broader and long-term trend of public and private payors putting downward pressure on lab reimbursement. Joe Saad, chairman of pathology at Dallas-based Methodist Health System said that his practice received a letter this week from UHC laying out its new rates. He did not provide the new pricing but said that the insurer was “proposing a fee schedule that is very significantly different from the one that we had, and obviously much lower.”

Precipio Completes Transaction with Poplar Healthcare’s Oncometrix Hematopathology Division

Specialty diagnostics company Precipio, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRPO), announced today that it has completed the non-cash transaction of the transition of Oncometrix’s customer base, as discussed in Precipio’s recent announcement. As stated previously, the transaction with Poplar involves no exchange of cash or equity in consideration, providing non-dilutive impact to shareholders. “We are delighted to complete this transaction and partner with Precipio for the hematopathology business, enabling us to focus on our other core businesses”, said James Sweeney, CEO of Poplar Healthcare. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Precipio in other areas of our partnership”.

Synergy Laboratories Acquires Pathology Laboratory Associates to Broaden Its Medical Testing Expertise

Synergy Laboratories (Synergy) announced today that it has acquired Mobile, Alabama-based Pathology Laboratory Associates (PLA) for an undisclosed price. The combination of PLA’s expertise in pathology and Synergy’s recognized leadership in the field of medical testing will enhance the care delivered to patients throughout the Southeast. PLA’s Vice-President, Dr. Kimberley V. Patterson, sees the combined organizations growing into a regional provider with an emphasis on women’s health. She explained, “We are excited about the opportunities to expand our capability to serve physicians and their patients with comprehensive out-patient laboratory and pathology services. We are especially interested in expanding our services related to women’s health to provide an Alabama-based source for quality, affordable laboratory services.”