2015 Corporate Partners Program

The Master’s Degree in Molecular Diagnostic Science is made possible in part by support from our generous corporate partners. The MDS Corporate Partners program recognizes the close link between molecular diagnostic testing in the clinical laboratory and the products, services, and technology offered by the private sector. The UNC MDS program is important to the leaders in the molecular diagnostics industry because they understand the need for qualified laboratory professionals who can perform molecular tests, bring new assays into a laboratory, and work with issues related to molecular testing, such as information systems.

The support and collaboration of members of the molecular diagnostic industry is very important to the MDS program. Resources are needed to promote the program to potential students, provide scholarships and awards to students, fund MDS course instruction, and fund faculty development. In addition, the expertise of leaders in the molecular industry will add to the MDS students’ understanding of the development and marketing of molecular tests, reagents and instrumentation.

Dr. Thomas Huard, the Scientific Director of Molecular Diagnostics at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, serves as a member of the CLS Development Advisory Board and was instrumental in the development of the MDS Corporate Partner program. We are also grateful to Allison Foil, a CLS graduate (’00) and member of the Development Advisory Board for her work on the MDS Corporate Partner program. Allison Foil and Tom Huard worked closely with Kyle Gray, the AHS Director of Development, in providing information about the program to potential partners.

The 2015 Platinum- and Gold-Level MDS Corporate Partners who made annual contributions and their company representatives are listed below. We are very excited about our partnerships with these leading companies in the molecular diagnostic industry and we are extremely grateful for their support.


Hologic/GenProbe - Platinum

Paul Marr, Director of Corporate Accounts

Roche Diagnostics

Roche Diagnostics Corporation
Joni Zurawinski, Group Marketing Manager, Virology




ZeptoMetrix Corporation
Gregory R. Chiklis, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development

abbott molecular

Abbott Molecular
Frank Dalli, MHA, Molecular Account Executive, North Carolina and Virginia

Laboratory Corporation of America

Laboratory Corporation of America
Geraldine A. McDowell, PhD, FACMG,
VP, Strategic Director Laboratory Corporation of America, Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology




For more information about becoming a MDS corporate partner, contact development director Stephanie Phipps at (919) 966-3352 or at sphipps@med.unc.edu.

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