Marilyn Owens, Ph.D.

marilyn-owensMARILYN OWENS, PH.D., MBA:  A Senior Consultant for NMG since 2007, Dr. Owens is a healthcare executive with extensive experience in esoteric and anatomic pathology reference laboratories, including clinical trial studies.  She has a comprehensive scientific background in immunology, infectious disease, oncology, and genetics.  Throughout her career, she has established 13 laboratories over a broad range of scientific specialties and integrated 6 acquisitions.

A founding member of Nichols Institute (now part of Quest Diagnostics), Dr. Owens was responsible for establishing and growing 10 esoteric specialty laboratories, including flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, cytogenetics, FISH, infectious disease, and molecular genetics.

As SVP of Operations at IMPATH, responsible for budgets to $50 MM and 575 staff members, she created a multi-site management structure and led operational improvements in quality, standardization, workflow re-engineering, and cost-savings across the organization.  After IMPATH was acquired by Genzyme Genetics, she became  responsible for Technology and Development, creating a process  to move innovative, profitable products to market quickly through multi-disciplinary evaluation and design control teams for prenatal, and oncology testing disciplines.

As SVP or Operations at Caris Life Sciences, Dr. Owens restructured the laboratories, increasing capacity and productivity in the anatomic pathology and oncology labs, while decreasing costs during significant transformational growth of the company.  She established a comprehensive Hematopathology service, integrating results from various technologies into a consolidated report.

Dr. Owens most recently created the infrastructure and strategy for commercializing molecular and genetic testing for Personalized and Precision Medicine at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.  As Chief Operating Office of the Knight Diagnostic Laboratories, she led a rapid implementation for commercialization nationwide , increasing billable revenues by 300%, while accommodating shared operational processes with  the University and OHSU Hospital.

Dr. Owens is well-known for strategic planning, quality programs, interactive teams, technology transfer and innovative new products.  She has coached and mentored many laboratory professionals.

Dr. Owens earned her Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology (emphasis tumor immunology) from U.C.L.A. and an M.B.A. in Strategy and Management from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.  She currently resides in Elgin, Oregon with her family.


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