Submitting slides for a clinical pathology review is a bit time-consuming at best, downright schedule-derailing at worst. Using an automatic slide scanner (cough, Lacuna, cough) can reduce your time immensely. Perfecting the art of history submission can speed up the process as well. A concise yet thorough explanation is key. Here's an example that one of our Lacuna pathologists encountered last week:Read More
Last month, Lacuna Diagnostics was one of six companies featured at Demo Day for Leap Venture Studio, the first pet-specific accelerator founded by Mars Petcare, Michelson Found Animal Foundation, and R/GA Ventures.
The graduating companies - including AnimalBiome, CuidaMiMascota, Mixlab, Pet Plate and Wild Earth - make up the future of the pet care and pet health industry. While varied in product and market, the companies all shared the common goal of improving the health of pets across the country.
Lacuna Diagnostics, Inc. is excited to announce that a third member of the Lacuna team is increasing to a full-time position. Garrett Walz, a founding member of the company, will step into the role of Chief Technology Officer. “From the beginning, I have been ‘all in’ with Lacuna,” says Walz. “I spent the bulk of the early days designing and developing the platform that allowed Lacuna to connect hospitals and specialists at the speed of digital.”Read More
Just as people will always need to write and move from place to place, veterinarians will always need cytology. It is the best minimally invasive method to investigate a wide range of complaints, from masses to rashes, pleural effusion to joint pain.
Conventional cytology, however, still requires a clinician’s precious time, and for difficult cases, a pathologist’s opinion, which can take a week. Fortunately, Lacuna is clearing away these old obstacles to open a new era of digital cytology.Read More
I am one of the founders of Lacuna Diagnostics, a digital pathology company in veterinary medicine. I understand our product, our ROI, our SWOT, our investors. I believe in our team and in the value we provide. But until just a few weeks ago, my connection to our worth was theoretical. On that day, for the first time, I understood the real value of our own company.Read More
You’ve received the report from the veterinary clinical pathologist assigned to your case - now what?
At the beginning of the report, you will find the information provided by you, the veterinarian. The animal’s species, breed, age, and weight will be listed in the first block. Additionally, any history that you provided with the submission on the animal’s condition or lesion will be listed. A full and thorough history of the animal’s presenting complaint and related medical conditions assist our clinical pathology team not only in providing a more informed interpretation of the sample, but guide us in requesting additional or different samples for future specimens.Read More
Instead of mailing the slides to the lab, or waiting for a courier to pick them up, the technician inserts the slides into a Lacuna tabletop scanner. With the click of a button, the entire cytologies are uploaded to a remote pathologist.Read More
The companies include a diverse mix of next generation entrepreneurs and startups looking to shape the future of pet care across nutrition, veterinary diagnostics, on-demand services, and medicines and supplements. The participating companies are:
AVMA hosts the flagship conference for veterinary medicine in the United States. But that is not the reason why you - specifically - are attending. Are you trying to get some high-quality CE? Are you hoping to hire a new associate? Or be that newly hired associate? Are you hoping to learn more about new hospital technologies or what veterinary medicine will look like in 10 years? Perhaps it is just to travel to beautiful Denver with your vet school buddies.
The American Veterinary Medical Association is having its annual convention just down the road from the Lacuna Diagnostics headquarters. We are excited to show off our innovative digital cytology technologies to all of the AVMA 2018 attendees.
The Lacuna Diagnostics team will be at Booth 1726 in the Exhibition Hall throughout the Convention. Need a good reason to come visit us? We’ve got three of them.Read More
Automated slides scanners - an innovation in telemedicine - are coming to veterinary medicine. The scanner produces diagnostic-quality images of your blood smears, fine needle aspirates, and other cytologies, no fumbling or focusing required. images are automatically uploaded to Lacuna portal, where they are reviewed by Lacuna Diagnostics network of board-certified veterinary pathologists. No time out of your busy schedule required.Read More
In pathology, a "lacuna" is an unfilled space or gap.
A key part of diagnosing diseases in veterinary medicine is the review of blood and fluid samples by clinical pathologists. Unfortunately, less than 1% of the U.S Veterinary hospitals have a clinical pathologist on staff.
Today, when a pet is taken to a veterinarian and there is a need for cytology review most clinics rely on shipping glass slides across the country. This antiquated process leads to a turnaround time of 2-3 days or more. Too often, our pets are left waiting for critical answers needed to start treatment, and owners are left worrying about the diagnosis. In this day and age of digital technology, cytology review does not have to be this slow!
At Lacuna, we see this as one massive "unfilled space" in veterinary medicine.
Inspired by the love for our furry friends we embarked on our journey to fill this critical gap in veterinary medicine with digital cytology.
Lacuna Diagnostics uses digital technology to fill this void in veterinary testing and help veterinarians treat with confidence in minutes, not days or weeks.
Regarding diagnostic samples in human medicine, samples can end up telling an inaccurate story of the state of the patient and the underlying disease, because samples too often are in poor shape upon arrival to the pathology lab.Read More
The Advanced Industries (AI) Grant Accelerator program, as part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT) awarded LACUNA Diagnostics a $100,000 grant. As part of the grant award, founders of LACUNA will also attend the Rockies Venture Club (RVC) Hyper Accelerator Program.Read More
The Advanced Industries (AI) Grant Accelerator program, as part of the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), awarded LACUNA Diagnostics a $100,000 grant as a promising, innovative, advanced technology, start-up company.Read More
Our team is hard at work revolutionizing veterinary telemedicine and raising the standard of care for our pets. We have been chosen to compete in the semi-finals of the 2017 Denver Startup Week and we need YOU to help get us to the final round of Denver Startup Week for a chance to compete for a $100,000 prize package.Read More