Meet the management team behind Vermillion, Aspira Labs and ASPIRA IVD.


Valerie Palmieri

President and CEO

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Ms. Palmieri was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. She joined Vermillion as Chief Operating Officer in October 2014. Ms. Palmieri brings to Vermillion more than 30 years of experience in the diagnostic laboratory industry, serving in numerous sales, operations, and executive leadership positions for both laboratory service and consulting organizations. Prior to Vermillion, Valerie was CEO/President of MOMENTUM Consulting. Prior to MOMENTUM, Ms. Palmieri served as CEO/President of two healthcare start-ups that resulted in a successful exit for one and won her recognition as one of the “Top 10 Entrepreneurs of Springboard Enterprises” for the other. She also spent six years as National Vice President of Anatomic Pathology Operations with LabCorp, the successor company to DIANON Systems where she served as Senior Vice President of Operations. She was a key leader in the sale of DIANON to LabCorp in 2003. Ms. Palmieri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Western Connecticut State University.

Robert Beechey

Chief Financial Officer

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Bob Beechey was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Vermillion in December 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Beechey served in numerous financial and operational leadership roles. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Q Squared Solutions Bioanalytical and ADME Laboratory Operations, and previously he served as Chief Financial Officer for Q Squared Solutions, a clinical trials laboratory joint venture between IQvia and Quest Diagnostics. Prior to the formation of the Q Squared Solutions joint venture, Mr. Beechey served as Quintiles Transnational’s Vice President of Internal Audit and Vice President Finance Global Laboratories. Prior to joining Quintiles, Mr. Beechey was Divisional Vice President Finance at ThermoFisher Scientific. He also held various financial leadership roles at Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Beechey started his career at Arthur Andersen LLP where he was a Senior Manager. He attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and earned his MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Chris Goulart

Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations

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Mr. Goulart has served in numerous Sales, Marketing & Business Development leadership roles during his career, most recently having served as the Director of Commercial Development at Natera, Inc., where he led the U.S. institutional sales efforts for Natera’s constellation product. Previously, Mr. Goulart was VP of Sales & Marketing for a genetics laboratory joint venture between Fresenius Medical Care and Shiel Holdings. Mr. Goulart also served as Director of International Sales & Managed Care for Recombine, which was acquired by Cooper Surgical. Prior to his role at Recombine, Mr. Goulart held various sales & sales leadership roles at Integrated Genetics (formerly Genzyme Genetics). Mr. Goulart started his career at Johnson & Johnson where he was a Territory Business Manager.

Dr. Charles Dunton, MD

Global Medical Director

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Dr. Charles Dunton, MD joined Vermillion as Global Medical Director in October 2018.  After graduation from Jefferson Medical College, he did his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Lankenau Hospital in suburban Philadelphia.  After a commitment in the US Public Health Service, he completed his gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of PA.

Dr. Dunton practiced at his alma mater Jefferson for 10 years, rising to a full Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  In 2002, he left Jefferson and returned to the hospital system of his residency now called Main Line Health in Philadelphia where he was the Director of Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. Dunton’s research areas include cervical cancer screening, treatment of ovarian and cervical cancers, as well as innovations in surgical care. He is the author of over 90 peer reviewed publications and has spoken nationally and internationally on ovarian cancer. He is a former President of the ASCCP, served on committees for both ACOG and GOG.

Aspira Labs

Herbert A. Fritsche Jr, Ph.D

Lab Director

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ASPiRA LABS is led by medical director Herbert A. Fritsche Jr, Ph.D. Prior to his tenure at ASPiRA LABS, Dr. Fritsche was a professor of biochemistry and clinical chemistry section chief in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Fritsche holds doctorate and masters degrees in chemistry from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Houston.

Dr. Fritsche serves as associate editor for the International Journal of Biological Markers and section editor for the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, among other numerous editorships currently and over the years. In addition he is a member of more than a half dozen industry editorial boards such as Cancer Molecular Biology, Tumor Biology and Diagnostic Oncology. He has been recognized by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry with its Presidential Citation; the Morton K. Schwartz Award for Research and Accomplishments in Cancer Diagnostics; and the Annual National Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education. In 1999, he received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Clinical Ligand Assay Society, where he also served as president.

Patrick Carpenter

General Manager of ASPiRA LABS

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Mr. Carpenter has over 30 years’ experience in clinical laboratory operations and management.  Most recently, he served as Vice President Operations/General Manager at Miraca Life Sciences where he directed an anatomic pathology laboratory with $60 million in annual revenue.  Prior to this he served as a senior operations consultant and in multiple operations and management-related positions at a number of leading clinical laboratories, including DIANON Systems, VCA/Antech Diagnostics and Quest Diagnostics. Mr. Carpenter is also currently a U.S. Air Force Reserve Colonel.  He received an M.S. in Biomedical Chemistry from Thomas Jefferson University, an M.A. in Health Services Management from Webster University, and a B.S. in Business and Management from the University of Maryland.  Mr. Carpenter has also received a number of industry-related certifications, including multiple awards from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Erika Kerr

Senior National Sales Director

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Ms. Kerr was appointed Senior National Sales Director in July 2018. She joined Vermillion in November 2015 as a Corporate Accounts Director, working her way up within a year’s time to the East Regional Sales Director position in March 2016 before her promotion to National Director. During her 15 years in the clinical laboratory business Ms. Kerr has served in numerous business management and executive sales roles. Prior to working at Vermillion, she was a Regional Sales Director at Integrated Diagnostics where she was a key contributor to their go-to-marketing strategy for the commercial launch of Xpresys Lung, a new molecular blood test for pulmonary nodules. Prior to Integrated Diagnostics she worked at Clarient, A GE Healthcare Company, where she received the President’s Club Award in 2010 for growing an underperforming territory. Early in her career she worked for Dianon Systems Inc., a division of LabCorp. She served as both a Specialty Development Executive for Anatomic Pathology and Regional Manager of Business Development for Surgical Oncology respectively in her seven-year span of employment there. She attended the University of Delaware where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

Board Of Directors

James S. Burns
Executive Chairman, AssureRX Health Inc.

James S. Burns became a Director of Vermillion in June 2005. Mr. Burns is currently Executive Chairman of AssureRx, Health, Inc., a personalized medicine company which specializes in pharmacogenetics for neuropsychiatric disorders. Prior to joining AssureRx, Health, Inc., Mr. Burns was the President and Chief Executive Officer of EntreMed, Inc. from June 2004 to December 2008, and a director from September 2004 to December 2008. Mr. Burns was a co-founder and, from 2001 to 2003, served as President and as Executive Vice President of MedPointe, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, markets and sells branded prescription pharmaceuticals. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Burns served as a founder and Managing Director of MedPointe Capital Partners, a private equity firm that led a leveraged buyout to form MedPointe Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr. Burns was a founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., a biotech company developing therapeutic stem cell products for the regeneration of damaged or diseased tissue. Mr. Burns has also been Vice Chairman of HealthCare Investment Corporation and a founding General Partner of Healthcare Ventures L.P., a venture capital partnership specializing in forming companies building around new pharmaceutical and biotechnology products; Group President at Becton Dickinson and Company, a multidivisional biomedical products company; and Vice President and Partner at Booz & Company, Inc., a multinational consulting firm. Mr. Burns is a director of Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE: SMA), a supplier of products and services to orthopedic and other medical device companies, and a director of the International BioResources Group and the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC). Mr. Burns received his B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois, and M.B.A. from DePaul University.

David Schreiber

Mr. Schreiber became a Director of Vermillion in December 2014. He has held a variety of executive positions in the diagnostic laboratory industry for the past 25 years. For the last 12 years, Mr. Schreiber has and continues to consult for private equity firms to assist with their due diligence efforts and served in various interim operating roles for targeted or existing portfolio companies. From 1986 to 1996, Mr. Schreiber was at Quest Diagnostics, initially in a variety of financial roles, his last position being Vice President and General Manager of Quest’s Midwest Region, based in Chicago, Illinois. Following Quest, from 1996 to 2003, Mr. Schreiber was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dianon Systems, a publicly traded specialized pathology company, until Dianon was acquired by LabCorp. Mr. Schreiber was also a member of Dianon’s Board of Directors. Following Dianon, Mr. Schreiber joined the Board of Directors of Specialty Labs, a publicly traded lab company focused on serving the esoteric needs of hospitals. Mr. Schreiber helped lead the turnaround of Specialty Labs which led to its successful sale to Ameripath/Welsh Carson. At the same time, Mr. Schreiber joined and served on the Board of Nanogen, a publicly traded nanotechnology company and also began his consulting career. Mr. Schreiber received a B.S. in Finance and a M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University.

Mr. David R. Schreiber served as a Consultant of Specialty Laboratories, Inc., since July 2005. Mr. Schreiber served as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Secretary at DIANON Systems, Inc. from November 1996 to July 2003. He joined DIANON Systems, Inc. in November 1996. Formerly, Mr. Schreiber was with Corning Clinical Laboratories, a provider of laboratory services, for 10 years, serving most recently as Vice President and General … Manager of the laboratory’s Midwest region. From May 1990 to May 1994, he served as Vice President, Finance & Administration at Unilab Corporation and from August 1986 to May 1990, he served as Regional Controller of the Midwest Region of Corning Clinical Laboratories. He served as Acting Chief Executive Officer and Acting president of Atherotech, Inc. since January 31, 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Atherotech, Inc. He serves as Director Nominee of Response Genetics, Inc. He served as a Director of DIANON Systems, Inc. from October 1999 to January, 2003. He served as a Director of Nanogen, Inc. from June 2003 to August 2009. He served as a Director of Specialty Laboratories, Inc. since June 2004. In addition to his current consulting practice with private equity firms, Mr. Schreiber currently serves on the Board of Response Genetics(NASDAQ:RGDX).

Mr. Schreiber received his B.S. in Finance with a minor in Economics in 1982 and holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University in 1984.

For Providers

Understand Your OVA1 Test Results

For results that fall close to the cutoff ranges, physicians can now speak directly with the ASPiRA Labs’ Director, Dr. Fritsche. We hope this clinical discussion will help you better understand OVA1 scoring and assess the best treatment plan for your patients.