About Us

Who We Are

AcelaBio is a state-of-the-art contract research organization delivering end-to-end histopathology and precision medicine laboratory services for pharmaceutical, biotech and academic institutions. It is wholly owned by the Alimentiv Health Trust and was created to meet the growing clinical research demand for quality and efficiency in laboratory service.

The state-of-the-art facility, located in San Diego, California, is built on deep expertise in clinical and precision medicine research to accelerate biomarker discovery and development. AcelaBio employs medical, scientific, and operational experts who are dedicated to delivering reliable, high-quality data and digital pathology. By investing in people, facilities, and technology, AcelaBio provides end-to-end histopathology and precision medicine services that meet today’s and tomorrow’s regulatory standards to support the development of safe and effective patient therapies.

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People

Niels Vande Casteele

President

Niels Vande Casteele

President

Summary

Dr. Niels Vande Casteele oversees and directs all business and scientific aspects at AcelaBio. He sets the organization’s vision and mission, develops and executes strategic and operational plans and oversees employees, ensuring engagement and compliance. Niels leads and protects the organization’s culture, values, diversity, and reputation.

Background

Dr. Vande Casteele is trained as a Clinical Pharmacologist and holds a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master in Drug Design and Development from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He performed research in the field of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland and in the field of Immunology at Sanquin, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Niels obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focused on Personalized Medicine to treat patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to starting AcelaBio, Niels was with Alimentiv Inc. for seven years where he established the Precision Medicine group and oversaw the implementation of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine in over 25 clinical trials in all phases of drug development. He remains a Senior Scientific Advisor to Alimentiv and continues to lead the global Alimentiv Translational Research Consortium.

Besides his work in the Life Sciences industry, Niels holds an academic position as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, United States, where he conducts academic research, mentors students, and teaches a course on Biologics and Biosimilars Drug Development. His main research efforts focus on the application of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine to ascertain efficient drug development.

Major achievements

Dr. Vande Casteele has published over 120 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters, has given over 40 invited lectures globally, and has received awards for his research contributions from distinguished professional organizations such as the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization (ECCO), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) association.

Ethos

In order to see the view, you have to climb the mountain.


Nick Anderson

Histotechnologist

Nick Anderson

Histotechnologist

Summary

Nick’s role covers a wide range of responsibilities in the lab, including accessioning, grossing, processing, and embedding gastrointestinal tissue, in addition to specimen sectioning, slide preparation, and subsequent application of hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunofluorescence (IF), in-situ hybridization (ISH), and special staining protocols. 

Currently, Nick is also tasked with establishing AcelaBio as a certified service provider for Visium Spatial Gene Expression testing, a powerful next-generation sequencing (NGS) method for mapping entire transcriptomes within the context of the tissue’s morphological features on a single slide. When away from the bench, you may find him writing/editing SOPs or reviewing slides and scanned images for quality assurance.

Background

Nick graduated from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, along with a minor in French literature. Soon after, he worked in a peripheral diabetic neuropathy research lab (UCSD) for several years before making the leap to the clinical side of pathology (UCSD Health). For over a decade, he continued to broaden his repertoire of high-complexity testing for disease diagnosis/prognosis on a wide variety of human tissue types in the hospital setting. His detail-oriented, consistent benchwork earned him the role as the lead histotechnologist of his lab, which specialized in producing high-quality IF, ISH, and muscle enzyme histochemical stains for pathologist interpretation.

Ethos

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -MLK Jr.


Sam Angely

Histotechnologist

Sam Angely

Histotechnologist

Summary

Sam supports the team with general histology tasks including, but not limited to, grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, staining with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), special stains, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Sam earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Vincent College and has over seven years of histology experience, including six years in Dermatology (Dermpath Diagnostics, Rabkin Dermatology, Dermatologist Medical Group of North County) and two years combined of research laboratory experience at Reveal Biosciences and the San Diego VA hospital.

Major achievements

Sam’s lead role in the startup of a dermatology laboratory. 

Ethos

“What’s meant to be, will always find a way.” -Trisha Yearwood



Niels Vande Casteele

President

Summary

Dr. Niels Vande Casteele oversees and directs all business and scientific aspects at AcelaBio. He sets the organization’s vision and mission, develops and executes strategic and operational plans and oversees employees, ensuring engagement and compliance. Niels leads and protects the organization’s culture, values, diversity, and reputation.

Background

Dr. Vande Casteele is trained as a Clinical Pharmacologist and holds a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master in Drug Design and Development from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He performed research in the field of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland and in the field of Immunology at Sanquin, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Niels obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focused on Personalized Medicine to treat patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to starting AcelaBio, Niels was with Alimentiv Inc. for seven years where he established the Precision Medicine group and oversaw the implementation of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine in over 25 clinical trials in all phases of drug development. He remains a Senior Scientific Advisor to Alimentiv and continues to lead the global Alimentiv Translational Research Consortium.

Besides his work in the Life Sciences industry, Niels holds an academic position as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, United States, where he conducts academic research, mentors students, and teaches a course on Biologics and Biosimilars Drug Development. His main research efforts focus on the application of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine to ascertain efficient drug development.

Major achievements

Dr. Vande Casteele has published over 120 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters, has given over 40 invited lectures globally, and has received awards for his research contributions from distinguished professional organizations such as the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization (ECCO), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) association.

Ethos

In order to see the view, you have to climb the mountain.



Nick Anderson

Histotechnologist

Summary

Nick’s role covers a wide range of responsibilities in the lab, including accessioning, grossing, processing, and embedding gastrointestinal tissue, in addition to specimen sectioning, slide preparation, and subsequent application of hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), immunofluorescence (IF), in-situ hybridization (ISH), and special staining protocols. 

Currently, Nick is also tasked with establishing AcelaBio as a certified service provider for Visium Spatial Gene Expression testing, a powerful next-generation sequencing (NGS) method for mapping entire transcriptomes within the context of the tissue’s morphological features on a single slide. When away from the bench, you may find him writing/editing SOPs or reviewing slides and scanned images for quality assurance.

Background

Nick graduated from Revelle College at the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, along with a minor in French literature. Soon after, he worked in a peripheral diabetic neuropathy research lab (UCSD) for several years before making the leap to the clinical side of pathology (UCSD Health). For over a decade, he continued to broaden his repertoire of high-complexity testing for disease diagnosis/prognosis on a wide variety of human tissue types in the hospital setting. His detail-oriented, consistent benchwork earned him the role as the lead histotechnologist of his lab, which specialized in producing high-quality IF, ISH, and muscle enzyme histochemical stains for pathologist interpretation.

Ethos

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” -MLK Jr.



Sam Angely

Histotechnologist

Summary

Sam supports the team with general histology tasks including, but not limited to, grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, staining with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), special stains, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Sam earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Vincent College and has over seven years of histology experience, including six years in Dermatology (Dermpath Diagnostics, Rabkin Dermatology, Dermatologist Medical Group of North County) and two years combined of research laboratory experience at Reveal Biosciences and the San Diego VA hospital.

Major achievements

Sam’s lead role in the startup of a dermatology laboratory. 

Ethos

“What’s meant to be, will always find a way.” -Trisha Yearwood


Iryna Borzilova

Business Development Director

Iryna Borzilova

Business Development Director

Summary

Iryna Borzilova is responsible for leading AcelaBio’s business growth and marketing strategy within the clinical and precision medicine research space, along with establishing and managing strategic partner relations. She drives the organization’s brand recognition and new market value proposition.

Background

Iryna has over 7 years of business development experience in progressive roles. Before joining AcelaBio, she worked as a Business Development Lead with Diversigen Inc., a CLIA/CAP certified microbiome profiling company with a strong track record of supporting microbiome-related clinical trials, large pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology companies. Prior to this, Iryna contributed to business development efforts at a Nestle Health Sciences-owned nutraceutical brand.

In addition, Iryna serves on the board of a Canadian charity organization, Maple Hope Foundation, established to help Ukrainians in need. 

Iryna received a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Minor in Business Administration Degree from the University of Ottawa.

Major Achievements

As a Board Member of Maple Hope Foundation, Iryna contributed to collectively raising over $600,000 for humanitarian, medical, and military aid in Ukraine and for the Ukrainian Displaced Person Assistance Program in British Columbia, Canada.

Ethos

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”


Sean Gui

Pathology Director

Sean Gui

Pathology Director

Summary

Dr. Xianyong (Sean) Gui, MD, FCAP, FASCP is the primary pathology contact to represent AcelaBio’s pathology perspective. He is responsible for providing scientific and medical leadership for the development, validation, and operationalization of anatomic and molecular pathology services in the AcelaBio laboratory, including selection and design of assays to identify biomarkers for a drug or therapeutic indication. Sean also plays an important role in the review of clinical cases, including but not limited to disease activity scoring and diagnosis. He works closely with the Medical Laboratory Director to guide the laboratory operations at AcelaBio in accordance with organizational and industry best practices that meet regulatory requirements and guidelines.

Background

Dr. Gui is a licensed physician and an anatomic/clinical pathologist certified by American Board of Pathology, with additional subspecialty credential in gastrointestinal (GI)-hepatobiliary-pancreatic pathology. He completed his pathology residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and GI/liver pathology fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has been practicing in academic medical centers and serving on faculty at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and University of Washington (Seattle, USA) for more than 14 years. He remains to hold academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Pathology at both of these two institutions and continues to be a consultant pathologist performing diagnostic service and teaching pathology trainees. He was the inaugural Director of GI/Liver Pathology Service at the University of Calgary / Calgary Laboratory Services and served in that position for 6 years. Dr. Gui has extensive clinical and research experiences in both non-neoplastic and neoplastic GI/liver diseases, and he is particularly interested in the pathobiology and clinical-pathological correlation in the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Prior to his pathology career, Dr. Gui also had postgraduate clinical training in gastroenterology as well as post-doctoral research experience in basic digestive science.       

Major achievements

Dr. Gui has published more than 80 research articles. He received the “Basic Science Research Award (for clinical faculty)” from the Cumming School of Medicine in University of Calgary in 2013. He was instrumental to the development of PiCaSSO Histologic Remission Index (PHRI), a novel and simplified histologic score for assessing mucosal healing in ulcerative colitis, that was proposed in 2022 by an international group of gastroenterologists and GI pathologists in which Dr. Gui was the pathology lead.  

Ethos

“Sometimes, it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”  – Alan Turin


Vicky Lor

Histology Laboratory Assistant

Vicky Lor

Histology Laboratory Assistant

Summary

Vicky provides support in the histology laboratory, specifically tasks related to specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning archiving and routine preparation of microscopic slides as well as support in maintaining laboratory instrumentation and ensure cleanliness. Additional to laboratory tasks, Vicky assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering consumables/supplies and shipping documents and samples.

Background

Vicky has worked in a laboratory setting for just over four years, with one year at Millennium Health and three years at Precision Diagnostics. Her time at Millennium was spent focusing on accessioning and she continued her expertise with that at Precision Diagnostics. After six months, Vicky was promoted as a Specimen Verification Specialist and shortly after to Accessioning Lead. Although Vicky has had some experience in revenue cycle, her focus and expertise is in accessioning.

Ethos

“For my hustlers, here’s some motivation: he who has begun is half done.” – Nas



Iryna Borzilova

Business Development Director

Summary

Iryna Borzilova is responsible for leading AcelaBio’s business growth and marketing strategy within the clinical and precision medicine research space, along with establishing and managing strategic partner relations. She drives the organization’s brand recognition and new market value proposition.

Background

Iryna has over 7 years of business development experience in progressive roles. Before joining AcelaBio, she worked as a Business Development Lead with Diversigen Inc., a CLIA/CAP certified microbiome profiling company with a strong track record of supporting microbiome-related clinical trials, large pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology companies. Prior to this, Iryna contributed to business development efforts at a Nestle Health Sciences-owned nutraceutical brand.

In addition, Iryna serves on the board of a Canadian charity organization, Maple Hope Foundation, established to help Ukrainians in need. 

Iryna received a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Minor in Business Administration Degree from the University of Ottawa.

Major Achievements

As a Board Member of Maple Hope Foundation, Iryna contributed to collectively raising over $600,000 for humanitarian, medical, and military aid in Ukraine and for the Ukrainian Displaced Person Assistance Program in British Columbia, Canada.

Ethos

“You will never plough a field if you only turn it over in your mind.”



Sean Gui

Pathology Director

Summary

Dr. Xianyong (Sean) Gui, MD, FCAP, FASCP is the primary pathology contact to represent AcelaBio’s pathology perspective. He is responsible for providing scientific and medical leadership for the development, validation, and operationalization of anatomic and molecular pathology services in the AcelaBio laboratory, including selection and design of assays to identify biomarkers for a drug or therapeutic indication. Sean also plays an important role in the review of clinical cases, including but not limited to disease activity scoring and diagnosis. He works closely with the Medical Laboratory Director to guide the laboratory operations at AcelaBio in accordance with organizational and industry best practices that meet regulatory requirements and guidelines.

Background

Dr. Gui is a licensed physician and an anatomic/clinical pathologist certified by American Board of Pathology, with additional subspecialty credential in gastrointestinal (GI)-hepatobiliary-pancreatic pathology. He completed his pathology residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and GI/liver pathology fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has been practicing in academic medical centers and serving on faculty at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) and University of Washington (Seattle, USA) for more than 14 years. He remains to hold academic appointment as Clinical Professor of Pathology at both of these two institutions and continues to be a consultant pathologist performing diagnostic service and teaching pathology trainees. He was the inaugural Director of GI/Liver Pathology Service at the University of Calgary / Calgary Laboratory Services and served in that position for 6 years. Dr. Gui has extensive clinical and research experiences in both non-neoplastic and neoplastic GI/liver diseases, and he is particularly interested in the pathobiology and clinical-pathological correlation in the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Prior to his pathology career, Dr. Gui also had postgraduate clinical training in gastroenterology as well as post-doctoral research experience in basic digestive science.       

Major achievements

Dr. Gui has published more than 80 research articles. He received the “Basic Science Research Award (for clinical faculty)” from the Cumming School of Medicine in University of Calgary in 2013. He was instrumental to the development of PiCaSSO Histologic Remission Index (PHRI), a novel and simplified histologic score for assessing mucosal healing in ulcerative colitis, that was proposed in 2022 by an international group of gastroenterologists and GI pathologists in which Dr. Gui was the pathology lead.  

Ethos

“Sometimes, it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”  – Alan Turin



Vicky Lor

Histology Laboratory Assistant

Summary

Vicky provides support in the histology laboratory, specifically tasks related to specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning archiving and routine preparation of microscopic slides as well as support in maintaining laboratory instrumentation and ensure cleanliness. Additional to laboratory tasks, Vicky assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering consumables/supplies and shipping documents and samples.

Background

Vicky has worked in a laboratory setting for just over four years, with one year at Millennium Health and three years at Precision Diagnostics. Her time at Millennium was spent focusing on accessioning and she continued her expertise with that at Precision Diagnostics. After six months, Vicky was promoted as a Specimen Verification Specialist and shortly after to Accessioning Lead. Although Vicky has had some experience in revenue cycle, her focus and expertise is in accessioning.

Ethos

“For my hustlers, here’s some motivation: he who has begun is half done.” – Nas


Dawn Lutton

Histotechnologist

Dawn Lutton

Histotechnologist

Summary

Dawn engages in all phases of the histology workflow including, but not limited to. grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, staining with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), special stains, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Dawn has over 18 years of histology experience, most recently as a histotechnician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX in the Neuropathology Laboratory where she specialized in enzyme histochemistry, frozen sectioning of muscle and nerve tissues, and IHC.

Major achievements

Dawn is an ASCP-certified Histotechnician.

Ethos

“The most difficult thing is to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart


Pam Schup- Magoffin

Histology Lab Assistant

Pam Schup- Magoffin

Histology Lab Assistant

Summary

Pam provides support in the histology laboratory, focusing on tasks such as specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning, archiving and routine preparation of microscopy slides. She generally supports to maintain laboratory instrumentation, maintenance, and ensures cleanliness. In addition to laboratory tasks, Pam assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering consumables/supplies and shipping documents and samples.

Background

Pam’s eight years of work experience in preclinical histology started as a Research Associate, for two academic research labs in neuroscience at the Reinagel Lab, and in cardiac regenerative medicine at the Christman Lab (both at the University of California, San Diego). There she gained valuable experience operating the cryostat, staining with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), and performed histological analyses of tissues.

Major achievements

Pam has several research publications in the field of cardiac regenerative medicine, which she obtained while working at the Christman Lab: Biomaterials 2009, Tissue Engineering 2010, Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 2011, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2012.

Ethos

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis


Cornelius "Con" Moran

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Cornelius "Con" Moran

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Summary

Con is implementing and validating a Laboratory Information System to support AcelaBio’s workflow and is looking forward to supporting the AcelaBio team in accomplishing the grand vision of the laboratory and its services.

Background

Con received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cal-Poly Pomona and continued his post-graduate education, obtaining an MBA with an IT Concentration from the University of La Verne. He later completed a Medical Technology Internship with the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles.

Con has several years of experience as a contractor with Sutter Healthcare system in northern California, taking on various assignments throughout many of their 27 hospitals, mostly in the Bay Area. He worked with Sunquest Information System for ten years in the Professional Services group focusing on implementations, training and support with hospital clients all around the country. As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Con has performed testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Blood Banks in addition to various supervisory roles.

Major achievements

Con’s best achievement is his family, for which he is incredibly grateful.

Ethos

“Credo Ut Intelligam” (I Believe So That I May Understand) – Saint Augustine



Dawn Lutton

Histotechnologist

Summary

Dawn engages in all phases of the histology workflow including, but not limited to. grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, staining with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), immunohistochemistry (IHC), special stains, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Dawn has over 18 years of histology experience, most recently as a histotechnician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX in the Neuropathology Laboratory where she specialized in enzyme histochemistry, frozen sectioning of muscle and nerve tissues, and IHC.

Major achievements

Dawn is an ASCP-certified Histotechnician.

Ethos

“The most difficult thing is to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart



Pam Schup- Magoffin

Histology Lab Assistant

Summary

Pam provides support in the histology laboratory, focusing on tasks such as specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning, archiving and routine preparation of microscopy slides. She generally supports to maintain laboratory instrumentation, maintenance, and ensures cleanliness. In addition to laboratory tasks, Pam assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering consumables/supplies and shipping documents and samples.

Background

Pam’s eight years of work experience in preclinical histology started as a Research Associate, for two academic research labs in neuroscience at the Reinagel Lab, and in cardiac regenerative medicine at the Christman Lab (both at the University of California, San Diego). There she gained valuable experience operating the cryostat, staining with hematoxylin & eosin (H&E), and performed histological analyses of tissues.

Major achievements

Pam has several research publications in the field of cardiac regenerative medicine, which she obtained while working at the Christman Lab: Biomaterials 2009, Tissue Engineering 2010, Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research 2011, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2012.

Ethos

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis



Cornelius "Con" Moran

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Summary

Con is implementing and validating a Laboratory Information System to support AcelaBio’s workflow and is looking forward to supporting the AcelaBio team in accomplishing the grand vision of the laboratory and its services.

Background

Con received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cal-Poly Pomona and continued his post-graduate education, obtaining an MBA with an IT Concentration from the University of La Verne. He later completed a Medical Technology Internship with the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles.

Con has several years of experience as a contractor with Sutter Healthcare system in northern California, taking on various assignments throughout many of their 27 hospitals, mostly in the Bay Area. He worked with Sunquest Information System for ten years in the Professional Services group focusing on implementations, training and support with hospital clients all around the country. As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Con has performed testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Blood Banks in addition to various supervisory roles.

Major achievements

Con’s best achievement is his family, for which he is incredibly grateful.

Ethos

“Credo Ut Intelligam” (I Believe So That I May Understand) – Saint Augustine


Jen Simmonds

Histotechnologist

Jen Simmonds

Histotechnologist

Summary

Jen engages in all technical aspects of the histopathology workflow from start to finish, including grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Immunohistochemistry (IHC)/special staining, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Jen earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from UNC Charlotte, then completed her post-baccalaureate training in histology at Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte, NC. As an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist, she has worked in routine and specialized histology at UCSD and Biotheranostics.

Major achievements

Jen is an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist and played a major role in the implementation of AcelaBio’s laboratory information system.

Ethos

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

 – Robert Brault


Mark Valasek

Medical Laboratory Director

Mark Valasek

Medical Laboratory Director

Summary

Dr. Mark Valasek is responsible for ensuring that the overall operation and administration of the laboratory is in accordance with federal and state regulations, including oversight of the quality management plan to ascertain provision of accurate and reliable testing results.

Background

Dr. Valasek is a physician-scientist and a practicing gastrointestinal and liver pathologist focused on strategic innovations in diagnostic applications. He regularly participates as a consultant in numerous clinical trials related to gastrointestinal diseases, and he serves on the clinical faculty at the University of California San Diego as a Professor of Pathology.  He is particularly interested in practical molecular, imaging and digital pathology techniques (including artificial intelligence) for the evaluation of gastrointestinal tissues utilizing emerging technologies.

Major achievements

Dr. Valasek was awarded the San Diego Medical Society’s “2014 Top Doctors” — Physicians of Exceptional Excellence in the Field of Pathology and was an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) “40 Under Forty” Honoree in 2015. He established the first Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at UCSD and served as the first Director of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Section.  


Pamela Vizcarra

Histopathology Supervisor

Pamela Vizcarra

Histopathology Supervisor

Summary

Pamela is responsible for maintaining and managing the laboratory and staff in a CLIA/CAP accredited environment. She also supports validation of various histological procedures for implementation in the laboratory and will communicate and provide high quality data for our clientele in histopathology. In addition, Pamela will assess new technologies to drive innovation in the histology field.

Background

Pamela has a thorough knowledge of the translational research environment developing and validating various immunohistochemistry companion diagnostic assays for novel targets for patient stratification in Phase I dose expansion. In addition, she spent six years in a CLIA/CAP accredited histopathology laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Major achievements

Pamela is currently maintaining an ASCP certification as a Histotechnologist (HTL), and a Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC).

Ethos

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”  Colleen Hoover



Jen Simmonds

Histotechnologist

Summary

Jen engages in all technical aspects of the histopathology workflow from start to finish, including grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Immunohistochemistry (IHC)/special staining, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Jen earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology from UNC Charlotte, then completed her post-baccalaureate training in histology at Carolinas College of Health Sciences in Charlotte, NC. As an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist, she has worked in routine and specialized histology at UCSD and Biotheranostics.

Major achievements

Jen is an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist and played a major role in the implementation of AcelaBio’s laboratory information system.

Ethos

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

 – Robert Brault



Mark Valasek

Medical Laboratory Director

Summary

Dr. Mark Valasek is responsible for ensuring that the overall operation and administration of the laboratory is in accordance with federal and state regulations, including oversight of the quality management plan to ascertain provision of accurate and reliable testing results.

Background

Dr. Valasek is a physician-scientist and a practicing gastrointestinal and liver pathologist focused on strategic innovations in diagnostic applications. He regularly participates as a consultant in numerous clinical trials related to gastrointestinal diseases, and he serves on the clinical faculty at the University of California San Diego as a Professor of Pathology.  He is particularly interested in practical molecular, imaging and digital pathology techniques (including artificial intelligence) for the evaluation of gastrointestinal tissues utilizing emerging technologies.

Major achievements

Dr. Valasek was awarded the San Diego Medical Society’s “2014 Top Doctors” — Physicians of Exceptional Excellence in the Field of Pathology and was an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) “40 Under Forty” Honoree in 2015. He established the first Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at UCSD and served as the first Director of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Section.  



Pamela Vizcarra

Histopathology Supervisor

Summary

Pamela is responsible for maintaining and managing the laboratory and staff in a CLIA/CAP accredited environment. She also supports validation of various histological procedures for implementation in the laboratory and will communicate and provide high quality data for our clientele in histopathology. In addition, Pamela will assess new technologies to drive innovation in the histology field.

Background

Pamela has a thorough knowledge of the translational research environment developing and validating various immunohistochemistry companion diagnostic assays for novel targets for patient stratification in Phase I dose expansion. In addition, she spent six years in a CLIA/CAP accredited histopathology laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Major achievements

Pamela is currently maintaining an ASCP certification as a Histotechnologist (HTL), and a Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC).

Ethos

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”  Colleen Hoover


AcelaBio (US), Inc. is wholly owned by The Alimentiv Health Trust. Central to the purpose of the Trust is to develop health care innovation through investment in human health initiatives, research, and commercial entities and to foster collaboration and commitment among stakeholders. More information about The Alimentiv Health Trust can be found here.