Health care heroes: Creating the test

Health care heroes: Creating the test

Lech Mazur, technical director of molecular for ACL Laboratories, is the lead scientist who was instrumental in launching COVID-19 testing for Advocate Aurora Health at ACL Labs.

Among the many things that make Lech and the Molecular department special, their expertise to develop molecular tests from scratch – investigative procedures in laboratory medicine – is by far the most inspiring.

Lech and the molecular team were able to bring the fully validated COVID-19 assay in-house and online within a 10-day time frame. The COVID-19 in-house test provides results within 24-hours versus the 4 to 9 day turnaround time by outside laboratories.

In addition to COVID-19, Lech and the Molecular team collaborate with Infection Prevention as well as Oncology and are responsible for creating an in-house Oncology Personalized Medicine program based on Next-Generation Sequencing.

Lech is recognized by his peers across Advocate Aurora Health and the industry for his continued developments in molecular pathology.

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  1. Thank you, Lech Mazur. Now is one of the rare times when talented people like you finally get to be recognized for the awesome contributions you make to society. I sure hope a lot of kids see this article.

  2. Julie Duschack April 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm · Reply

    That’s wonderful news, and I love Peg’s comment. You and your team are our new Rock Stars!

    However, as a reader, I’m left with a lot of questions, like is the test being used, where, and how soon will we be able to test people before we’re encouraged to go back into the workforce. Or how about those of us who are already working side by side with people that we really hope aren’t carrying the virus?

    Thank you.

  3. Jocelyn T Vincent April 13, 2020 at 7:07 am · Reply

    Lech Mazur, what a remarkable accomplishment! Many thanks to you an your molecular team!

  4. KUDOS TO YOU and your team!
    I cannot express enough how thankful we all are.

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Neda Veselinovic
Neda Veselinovic

Neda Veselinovic, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. She has more than five years of public relations experience and most recently worked with clients in the travel and hospitality industries. She prefers to spend her time with a cup of coffee and a good read and always welcomes book recommendations.