QualTex brings health care industry vet on board as COO: Ward Carter has held various roles at Abbott Laboratories

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Edward (Ward) Carter is the new chief executive officer at QualTex Laboratories, which is a subsidiary of BioBridge Global.

Edward (Ward) Carter

Ward Carter, COO of QualTex Laboratories

“Ward has been intensively customer-focused throughout his career, building relationships with businesses from coast to coast. BioBridge Global CEO Linda Myers

Health care industry veteran Edward (Ward) Carter has been named the new chief operating officer for QualTex Laboratories, effective immediately.

He will replace Dirk Johnson, who announced his departure late last year. Johnson will stay with QualTex through March to assist with the transition.

Carter was selected after a nationwide search, said Linda Myers, chief executive officer of BioBridge Global, parent organization of QualTex Laboratories.

“Ward has been intensively customer-focused throughout his career, building relationships with businesses from coast to coast,” Myers said. “He is closely aligned with our commitment to increasing our levels of customer service across the organization.”

Carter, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, worked for more than 30 years in the diagnostics division at Abbott Laboratories. His most recent position was as director of strategic products, inventory manager at Abbott Diagnostics Division U.S. commercialization.

His roles at Abbott Laboratories included extensive work with QualTex Laboratories, in various roles. He started with Abbott in sales 1984, and in 2011 he received the company’s Chairman’s Award, the highest the company bestows on its employees.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization like BioBridge Global and QualTex Labs,” Carter said. “We’re poised for significant growth throughout the enterprise, and especially in QualTex.”

QualTex Laboratories is one of the largest independent nonprofit testing centers in the United States, performing advanced testing services for blood, plasma and tissue donations, as well as reference testing and clinical research. With laboratories in San Antonio and Norcross, Ga., QualTex tests millions of samples for clients around the world every year.

About QualTex Laboratories: QualTex Laboratories is a nonprofit affiliate of BioBridge Global that provides state-of-the-art biologic testing services on whole blood, plasma and human cells, tissue, and cellular- and tissue-based products (HCT/P) for its global biotechnology and biopharmaceutical customers. It’s one of the nation’s largest nonprofit testing laboratories and has locations in Texas and Georgia. Visit us at qualtexlabs.org.

About BioBridge Global: BioBridge Global (BBG) is a San Antonio, Texas-based nonprofit corporation that offers diverse services through its subsidiaries – the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and the Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. BBG provides products and services in blood resource management, cellular therapy, donated umbilical cord blood and human tissue as well as testing of blood, plasma and tissue products for clients in the United States and worldwide. BBG is rooted in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which has a proud history of serving the South Texas region and beyond for more than 40 years. BBG is committed to supporting groundbreaking research, addressing unmet clinical needs and enabling the development and commercialization of novel biotechnology products. Visit us at http://www.biobridgeglobal.org.

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