Diagnostic innovation: birth of automated staining



1987 was the beginning of a new era for cancer diagnostics it was 7 p.m. Tom Grogan a dedicated pathologist was heading for his car after an exhausting day suddenly a voice startled him from the darkness where are you going a woman's voice demanded his assistant Catherine had caught him leaving work it's 7 o'clock he said I'm going home for dinner no you're not she argued I promised mrs. Smith that her test results would be ready in the morning every time Catherine collected a tissue biopsy for Tom she learned the patient's name Tom turned around and went back inside for another three hours reading every detail the tissue stain revealed early the next morning the results were delivered to the patient's oncologist who immediately phoned Tom this is fantastic he shouted into the phone I want you to do this for every one of my patients Tom reluctantly declined and hung up the phone to find Catherine glaring at him you said no she pointed out no matter how much I want to he said sadly I can't give every patient answers this quickly without hesitation Catherine shot back then build something that can that moment began a quest to improve the practice of medicine Tom Grogan built the first automated tissue biopsy stainer creating a new standard of quality and reliability the company he founded to support his mission to improve patients lives went on to introduce the only fully automated system for each Andy with individual slide standing for each patient's biopsy because 80% of tissue based diagnostic decisions are based on HIV testing alone dinner can wait patients can we will not rest until we can enable the same standard of care for every patient in every hospital in every city in every country of the world because every patient deserves the gift of hope you you

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