Pharos Diagnostics Expands into Veterinary Diagnostics Market

TUSCON, Ariz., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pharos Diagnostics team is expanding and will be among the first diagnostic laboratories to offer mass spectrometry into the Veterinary Diagnostic Market.  Mass spectrometry is widely regarded as the most accurate and sensitive scientific method for measuring drugs, hormones and other analytes in both humans and animals. Additionally, Pharos Veterinary Diagnostics will be one of the few veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the country that will be operating under the guidelines of CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, the federal standard for laboratories that perform human diagnostics).

Technology improvements of the last decade haven't been fully provided to the veterinary diagnostic market.  Veterinarians traditionally have had to choose between expensive, slow, and sometimes inaccurate testing options whether performing testing in their office or through external providers. Especially when compared to their peers in human medicine, veterinarians haven't enjoyed the benefits of the advancements in diagnostic technology. Pharos Veterinary Diagnostics is poised to fill this void.

The primary benefits to veterinarians will be more accurate testing, with faster turnaround time, and in a more cost effective manner.  The mass spectrometer platform employed by Pharos Diagnostics allows multiple tests to be performed using the same sample.  That smaller sample can often be obtained using less intrusive methods, meaning less hassle for the veterinarian and a better experience for the pet and its owner.

As part of developing its world-class services offering, Pharos Veterinary Diagnostics is pleased to announce the addition of two renowned veterinarians to its scientific advisory board, Dr. Robert Murtaugh (DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC, and FCCM) and Dr. Dale Paccamonti (DVM, MS, DACT).

Pharos Veterinary Diagnostics will support individual veterinarians as well as veterinary hospitals with specific outsourced testing requirements that can be efficiently provided by a laboratory experienced in more esoteric testing specialties.  Initial testing services include several broad toxicology panels, wellness panels, and a range of difficult to perform multiplexed tests that assist veterinarians in diagnosing complex metabolic or hormonal issues.

About Pharos Veterinary Diagnostics

Pharos Veterinary Diagnostics is operated by Pharos Diagnostics, LLC a privately-held company headquartered in Tucson, AZ. Pharos Diagnostics is CLIA-certified and meets all regulatory, fair billing practice and state and federal regulatory requirements. 

Pharos Diagnostics delivers faster, more precise diagnostic testing through mass spectrometry instruments and modern information systems.  Innovative sample gathering devices and multiplexed testing mean customers pay less for outsourced testing and experience lower internal testing costs.


Press Release:  Pharos Diagnostics’ Celebrates their New Medical Director’s Return to Tucson


TUCSON, AZ – Dec. 20, 2016

Pharos Diagnostics is pleased to announce that Dr. Diane Eklund has joined the team as Medical Director.  Dr. Eklund is returning to Tucson to pursue her passion in clinical diagnostics.

Dr. Eklund completed her residency in Pathology then subsequently earned her Clinical Pathology Certification from University of Arizona in 1996.  She was Division Chief, Transfusion Medicine, at the University of Arizona Health Science Center until 2001.  Prior to joining Pharos Diagnostics and returning to Tucson, Dr. Eklund held Medical Director positions at several large blood banks, most recently she was Chief Medical Officer at the San Diego Blood bank.

“With more than 20 years in diagnostic laboratory leadership, Dr. Eklund is very well suited to serve as our Medical Director,” said Mike Bergthold, CEO of Pharos Diagnostics. “Her scientific background and diagnostic laboratory experience will help Pharos design, implement and deliver the highest quality testing available in Southern Arizona”.  Laboratory Manager Ernest Jimenez III, M.T. (ASCP) said “I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Eklund again and we welcome her and her family back to Tucson”.

Last week Pharos Diagnostics announced the opening of its high-complexity laboratory which operates under the guidelines of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in central Tucson. The laboratory leverages mass spectrometry technology to provide diagnostic services to clinicians, researchers, and drug development companies.

Dr. Eklund earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Nutritional Science and Human Nutrition and Dietetics University of Arizona. She received her Clinical Pathology Certification from the American Board of Pathology in 1996.  Dr. Eklund holds active medical licenses in 5 states and is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University with hospital staff privileges.  She is the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards, and is a frequent publisher and lecturer.

About Pharos Diagnostics LLC

Pharos Diagnostics LLC is a privately-held corporation headquartered in Tucson, AZ primarily serving the western and southwestern regions of the United States. Pharos Diagnostics is CLIA-certified and meets all regulatory, fair billing practice and state and federal requirements. To learn more visit www.pharosdx.com or call 520-355-4500.


Pharos Press Release December 2016   

New Tucson Diagnostic Laboratory Receives CLIA Certification

TUCSON, AZ – Dec. 14, 2016

Pharos Diagnostics recently earned its license to operate a high-complexity clinical diagnostic laboratory under the guidelines of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, the federal standard for laboratories that perform testing for human diagnostics.

Pharos Diagnostics was formed in early 2016 and built a new laboratory in Tucson to provide mass spectrometer based diagnostic testing services to its customers.

The increasingly complicated testing demands from healthcare professionals and researchers was a primary reason the team created Pharos Diagnostics.  Southern Arizona’s unique blend of leading edge healthcare practices, a rapidly growing diagnostic center of excellence, and the academic vigor provided through access to two world class research universities drove Pharos Diagnostics founders to establish their laboratory in Tucson. 

“Our team is uniquely qualified to develop and deliver accurate testing services, quickly and efficiently," states Mike Bergthold, CEO. "We learned that Southern Arizona needed additional, sophisticated CLIA laboratory capability to support its growing diagnostic center of excellence and formed Pharos Diagnostics to fill that need. Tucson and the surrounding cities have demonstrated a rare ability to work together to support growing businesses and we are excited to be an active and productive member of the community.”

Nina Ossanna PhD, Vice President and Founder said “We are particularly excited to participate in projects to support the development of new clinical testing diagnostics and to take those services to market.”

One initial focus will be delivering reference laboratory services to existing healthcare providers and CROs (clinical research organizations) who are unable to perform certain types of testing better delivered using mass spectrometry.  Much of this testing is currently sent outside the state of Arizona, slowing the turnaround of results and loss of the local revenue base.

About Pharos Diagnostics, LLC

Pharos Diagnostics, LLC is a privately-held company headquartered in Tucson, AZ primarily serving the western and southwestern regions of the United States. Pharos Diagnostics is CLIA-certified and meets all regulatory, fair billing practice and state and federal requirements. To learn more visit www.pharosdx.com or call 520-355-4500.

The Pharos Diagnostics team worked closely with various Tucson area city leadership, Sun Corridor, Bioscience Industry Organization of Southern Arizona (BIOSA) and other local bioscience/diagnostic partners to establish its presence and support the community.

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