Gregory D. Clark, PhD, DABCC, FACB, vice president of the National Esoteric Reference Laboratory Services (NRL) at PAML, and Carmen L. Wiley, PhD, DABCC, FACB, scientific director at PAML, will be presenting at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry's (AACC) Conference, to be held December 4-5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida. In attendance will be lab directors, clinical chemists, lab managers, and lab leadership from around the world. Dr. Clark’s topic is “Asking the Right Questions When Initiating Your Lab Automation Project” and Dr. Wiley’s presentation is “Automation Outside the Walls of the Clinical Laboratory.” The conference, entitled “Laboratory Automation: Smart Strategies, Successful Outcomes,” will focus on how automation is changing the lab environment; how lab IT can be the catalyst for achieving long-term strategic goals; and how participants can position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

With more than 20 years of experience in laboratory management, Dr. Clark has developed numerous laboratory automation systems for both large and small laboratories. He also has significant training and certification in Lean and Six Sigma. As an expert in laboratory automation, Dr. Clark will provide conference participants with a framework for making quantitative decisions about instrument selection and acquisition. As part of his December 4th presentation, he will focus on the decision-making process using facts and data instead of relying on subjectivity and personal bias.

Dr. Clark completed a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry and a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology at the University of Washington. He has been a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) since 1991 and frequently lectures and speaks on clinical laboratory science and management. During his career, Dr. Clark has seen a growing demand for lab robotics and automation based on expectations of higher quality tests, faster turnaround time, reductions in reimbursements, and a diminishing labor pool. According to Dr. Clark, “Automation allows medical laboratory professionals to concentrate more on providing high quality diagnostic insights to their patients and health care providers and less on sample handling and management.”

Dr. Wiley will be presenting a brief overview on areas outside of the analytical laboratory that can be automated to improve efficiencies and reduce laboratory errors.  According to Dr. Wiley, “There are ways that PAML has improved the delivery of laboratory medicine by automating processes outside of the analytic automation line. I look forward to sharing our experience with the participants at this meeting.”

Dr. Wiley has been a long-time, active member of AACC at both the local and national level. Recently she was elected to the AACC Board of Directors for a three year term starting in 2015.She has served a term as chair of the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting Organizing Committee, has been a member of the editorial board for Lab Tests Online for five years, and serves as the Pacific Northwest Section’s delegate in AACC’s House of Delegates. As Scientific Director for PAML, Dr. Wiley oversees all aspects of PAML’s research and development program, while also working with a team to evaluate and deploy new tests, technologies, and instrumentation. Dr. Wiley earned a doctorate in Organic Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 1999. From 1999 to 2001, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Chemistry at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She is board certified by ABCC and a Fellow of the NACB.