Pharos Diagnostics, a New Tucson Diagnostic Laboratory Receives CLIA Certification

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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.

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.”

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 http://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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