RE: [Histonet] independent histo labs

From:"Jim Staruk"


I started my company out of the basement of my home and have grown to
include a new, state-of-the-art histopathology facility with many employees,
pathologists and drivers.  We do both Human, veterinary diagnostic and
research/biotech work.  I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have
regarding starting your own histo business.


    Jim Staruk
Mass Histology Service

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Subject: [Histonet] independent histo labs

Brandon Mills,
	There are independent histology labs owned by enterprising
histotechs throughout the country.  You have Excalibur Labs in Moore, Okla
to include in those who regularly participate in the histonet.  Here in the
Bay Area of California, I know of three labs that are histotech owned and
operated for over 20 years.  They are not regularly participants in the
histonet so would not normally respond to your question.  One is Histotech
Laboratory in Hayward, CA.  Another is located in Los Gatos, Ca and the
other in the North Bay, somewhere around Sausalito.  I have done business in
the past with all three of these facilities.  They employ several histotechs
both in full time and part time capacities.  The one in Hayward, CA does
both animal and human tissues.  All three run delivery/pick up services in
this area for their customers.
	So, to answer your question, Yes, there are private facilities doing
histology that are histotech run.  The sizes range from one employee(owner)
plus part time help to a number of techs.  The labs here in the Bay Area
(San Francisco) have from 10-25 employees working for them depending upon
the work load.  Are you interested in doing a survey to start your own
practise?  If so, there are a number of mentors who would probably be
willing to provide feed back about how to make a more smooth business
starting out due to their experiences.

Sharon Osborn
SP BioPharma
Palo Alto, CA

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