Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
Ipsum Diagnostics is a CAP-accredited, CLIA certified, High Complexity national reference laboratory focused on providing exceptional clinical testing services. Ipsum’s Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Division provides unparalleled interpretation of polymicrobial infections. With expertise from nationally recognized Infectious Disease specialists, dermatologists, pathologists and molecular biologists, each case is personalized for rapid, optimal and cost-effective patient care.
Provide high quality, end-to-end solutions focusing on customized services to satisfy our clients’ specific needs.
Simplify the process of targeted testing to expedite treatment and best practice outcomes for each of our clients’ patients.
Our experienced technical team, accredited with CLIA High-Complexity Laboratory standards, include director Henry Skelton, MD, board-certified in anatomical and clinical pathology. With almost a century of combined experience our team has the know-how to ensure the highest quality of testing and results. In addition, if you need to confer with one of our Infectious Disease specialists and review your results simply call, email or use our mobile app.
Lauren Bricks is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ipsum Diagnostics. She earned her B.S. in Biology and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. Lauren started Ipsum in 2016, and in 2018, she expanded the medical testing laboratory by launching its molecular department that focused on PCR testing for infectious organisms. Leveraging her technical and regulatory expertise, in early 2020, her team developed a COVID-19 PCR test that was granted Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. Under her leadership, the company provided PCR testing throughout the state of Georgia through their partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health. She was honored by Atlanta Magazine’s 2021 “Women Making a Mark” and recognized in Atlanta Business Chronicles’ “Forty Under 40.” Lauren was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta. Lauren recently was featured on WSB-TV Channel 2 News (ABC affiliate) presenting Ipsum as the first independent laboratory in Georgia to offer Monkeypox testing.
Lauren is passionate about developing and providing innovative solutions that ensure Ipsum providers and patients receive accurate and fast test results that are directly accessible on a smartphone, tablet or computer portal. A primary focus of Lauren’s achievements is a program that addresses diagnostic testing for underserved populations. The most important thing for Lauren is that a patient’s health care information is easy to understand and sharable to support effective diagnosis and treatment and to guarantee the best outcomes for each patient. When Lauren is not working hard protecting the community, she is with her son and daughter either at a school event or at home with two dogs, one cat and one bearded dragon. In her free time, she likes practicing Krav Maga.
Leah Roberts, MPH, MB(ASCP) CM , is the Chief Operating Officer for Ipsum Diagnostics. Leah is a board-certified molecular biologist and a Lean Six-Sigma certified green belt. Leah has a B.S. in Biology from Wesleyan College and a Master of Public Health from Walden University. In December 2019, just as COVID-19 was emerging, Leah joined Ipsum as a Molecular Technologist. Demonstrating her sense of organizational and management skills, Leah was promoted to Molecular Diagnostic Manager, and subsequently named Chief Operating Officer in 2021. During the height of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak, Leah was instrumental in guiding Ipsum’s effort to develop a high-throughput COVID-19 test to process as many samples as possible while maintaining the highest standards for rapid and accurate test results. Ipsum became the first laboratory in Georgia to be granted Emergency Use Authorization by FDA for this process. Some of Leah’s achievements include receiving the “Wesleyan College Young Alumna Award,” and being an honoree at the “2022 ASCP 40 Under Forty” along with the “2022 Women of the Year in Steam”, where Leah was one of the top three finalists for the “Women in Science” category.
Leah’s passion is helping to address the needs of underserved populations and paving the way for females and minorities in the sciences.
As the Laboratory Director, Dr. Henry Skelton ensures that Ipsum’s lab services are administered according to established rules, regulations and standards. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, and Dermatopathology and has practiced Dermatopathology for over 25 years. Dr. Skelton completed a general internship and then a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Naval Hospital Portsmouth, Virginia. After completing his residency, he served as head of both cytology and anatomic pathology at the same hospital. He did his dermatopathology fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and became a consulting dermatopathologist that included teaching staff at this same Institute. Dr. Skelton moved on to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was professor of Pathology and served as co-director of the dermatopathology fellowship program. He is author or co-author of over 150 peer reviewed publications and has frequently lectured at local and national medical meetings. For the last 15 years he has concentrated full time in dermatopathology diagnosis. Outside of his professional career, he enjoys the art of woodworking that provides him with challenging projects and creative hand-made treasures he can enjoy for years to come.