Lacuna Diagnostics Brings on Full-Time Chief Technology Officer

Lacuna Diagnostics Brings on Full-Time Chief Technology Officer

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.”

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Digital Cytology: Lacuna Brings an Essential Diagnostic into the 21st Century

Digital Cytology: Lacuna Brings an Essential Diagnostic into the 21st Century

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.

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My “aha” moment for our startup came 2 years after I co-founded it

My “aha” moment for our startup came 2 years after I co-founded it

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.

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Navigating the Lacuna Diagnostics Report

Navigating the Lacuna Diagnostics Report

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.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of AVMA 2018

5 Ways to Make the Most of AVMA 2018

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.


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3 Reasons to Visit Lacuna Diagnostics at AVMA 2018

3 Reasons to Visit Lacuna Diagnostics at AVMA 2018

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.

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Telemedicine, Meet Cytology 

Telemedicine, Meet Cytology 

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.

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Have you ever wondered where Lacuna Diagnostics gets its name?

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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.

The LACUNA Solution to Sample Quality Control

The LACUNA Solution to Sample Quality Control

We want to share a December 29, 2017 health news story from NPR about precision medical treatments having a quality control problem.  

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.

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Lacuna Wins 2nd Place at UNC Entrepreneurial Challenge

Lacuna Wins 2nd Place at UNC Entrepreneurial Challenge

We are thrilled to take the next step toward improving the quality of care for our pets.

On April 28, 2017 we won the second place prize of $13,000 in the 8th Annual University of Northern Colorado, Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge

We competed against other Colorado-based startup ventures. Submitted business plans were vetted by a panel of judges and the top five were selected to compete in the final round pitch competition.

 

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