Aperio Announces Formation of Medical Advisory Board

| October 10, 2007

Physicians with Wide-Ranging Expertise Bring Increased Clinical Focus to Digital Pathology Company

VISTA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aperio Technologies, Inc., (Aperio) the leading provider of digital pathology systems and services to the healthcare and life sciences industry, announces the foundation of its Medical Advisory Board comprised of leading pathologists and physicians representing diverse institutions and complementary specialties. The Medical Advisory Board will work closely with executive management to provide subject matter expertise and strategic guidance on how Aperio can best address the needs of pathologists in various settings.

Our medical advisory board represents some of the most innovative and dedicated physicians in the field of pathology and oncology, with extraordinary credentials and achievements, stated Dirk Soenksen, founder and CEO of Aperio. Assembling an advisory board of this caliber is a key strategy in helping the company address the real-world concerns of the pathology industry. Their advice and guidance will be invaluable in helping Aperio provide the best solutions to the challenges pathologists face today in providing top quality and efficient services.

Members of the newly formed Medical Advisory Board include:

Peter Banks, MD – Dr. Banks is currently the Director of Hematopathology at Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina, and has been practicing, teaching, and publishing extensively for over 30 years. He has twice been recognized by The Best Doctors in America, and twice won Teacher of the Year honors (in pathology) at the Mayo Clinic. His current academic appointment is as Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he continues to actively participate in resident education. He has also held leadership positions at many influential professional organizations, including the Society for Hematopathology (President 1996-1998), and the North Carolina Society of Pathologists (President-Elect).

James Crawford, MD, Ph.D. – Dr. Crawford is Chair of the Pathology Department at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Florida in 1999, Dr. Crawford was faculty at Brigham & Womens Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Crawford is Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Investigation, President of the Association of Pathology Chairs, and Chair of the Pathology Working Group for the NCI Network for Translational Research in Optical Imaging. Dr. Crawford is also Chair of the Board of Directors for PathPAC, the political action committee of the College of American Pathologists, and is a member of the College’s Council for Government and Professional Affairs.

Katherine Frey, MD – Dr. Frey is an anatomic and clinical pathologist at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Minnesota, where she is also Director of Transfusion Medicine Services. Although most of her time is devoted to anatomic pathology, Dr. Frey has also been highly involved in transfusion medicine, including serving on blood center boards and in medical advisory roles. Dr. Freys current interests include human factors engineering and high reliability industrial principles as applied to pathology as well as management and prevention of patient adverse events. She is an active participant on an error reduction project with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and has recently joined the Quality and Practice Committee of the College of American Pathologists.

Eric Glassy, MD – Dr. Glassy, who trained as a pathologist, is currently Information Systems Director and New Media Consultant at Pathology Inc. and Laboratory Director at Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro, CA. Previously, Dr. Glassy has practiced pathology and directed laboratories throughout California, while also holding adjunct faculty positions at CSU Fullerton. Dr. Glassy is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society and has won numerous pathology awards. He has chaired many hospital committees as well as national committees for the College of American Pathologists. He has edited, written and illustrated several medical textbooks and developed software programs such as ePathComposer, ePathBanker, ePathFish, and PathTrac for pathology reporting, outreach, and practice management. He also holds a green belt in Six Sigma.

Jeffrey Myers, MD – Dr. Myers is currently the A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology and Director of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. Prior to his position at the University of Michigan, Dr. Myers chaired the division of surgical pathology, and later the division of anatomic pathology at the Mayo Clinic, where he also served as a professor of pathology. Since 2002, Dr. Myers has been recognized by Best Doctors in America three times and once by Americas Top Doctors. Throughout his career, Dr. Myers has held leadership positions both at the national level and within his institutions, including chair of the Strategic Planning and Education Committees for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

Luke A. Perkocha, MD, MBA – Dr. Perkocha practices pathology in a regional laboratory that serves hospitals, physicians, and patients in a large area of northwestern Nevada and northeastern California. Until recently, he was on the regular teaching faculty of the Dermatology and Pathology Departments at UC San Francisco, where he received multiple teaching awards. He is now on the faculty of Dermatology at UC Davis. He has been active in organized medicine and is recent Past-President of the American Pathology Foundation. Dr. Perkocha has served on the boards of several regional business organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has a special interest in healthcare economics and policy and has also served on the business or scientific advisory boards of several technology companies.

Paul Raslavicus, MD – Dr. Raslavicus is the current Secretary-Treasurer of the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is a Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Raslavicus has been deeply involved with the activities of the CAP for over two decades. He served as the chair of its Council on Government and Professional Affairs and its Information Services Committee. Within the latter he assessed the future of pathology informatics, digital pathology imaging, and the development of a pathology DICOM standard. Dr. Raslavicus was the College President from 2001-2003, and the College honored him as Pathologist of the Year in 2004.

John Spinosa, MD, Ph.D. – Dr. Spinosa is a partner at Laboratory Diagnostics Medical Group, a pathology group serving San Diego area hospitals. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Spinosa has been an active leader within the hospitals he covers. He has over 10 years experience chairing pathology departments, was Medical Director at Scripps East County from 1997-2000, and is currently the Chief of Staff-Elect at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Dr. Spinosa also serves as the medical director at numerous San Diego area reference laboratories. Between 1994 and 2003, Dr. Spinosa served on the CAP Informatics Committee, was the CAP voting representative at HL7, and represented the CAP on the ANSI Health Information Standards Board.

Paul Urie, MD, Ph.D. – Dr. Urie is a surgical pathologist currently working for Intermountain Health Care in Utah, where he is the Medical Director of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine clinical service. Dr. Urie has been practicing in Utah since the early 1980s, during which time he has also maintained adjunct faculty positions at the University of Utah School of Medicine and at BYU, where he is in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at Tamtron Corporation. Dr. Urie has also served as the president of the Utah Society of Pathologists and has been a delegate to the Utah State Medical Society.

About Aperio

Aperio is digitizing pathology. We provide systems and services for digital pathology, which is a digital environment for the management and interpretation of pathology information that originates with a digital slide. Aperios award-winning ScanScope® slide scanning systems and Spectrum digital pathology information management software improve the efficiency and quality of pathology services for pathologists and other professionals. Applications include education, remote viewing, archival and retrieval, basic research, and image analysis. Aperio’s products are intended for research and education use only. For more information, please visit www.aperio.com.


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