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Robert A. Howard, Ph.D.
President & CEO
MedScan Laboratory, Inc.
Dr. Robert Howard graduated high school from Minot, ND. He attended Northwestern University, The University of North Dakota and The University of Houston. Dr. Howard has a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in BioInorganic Chemistry. He authored or coauthored Publications (21) in the following Journals; Cancer Chemotherapy, Cancer Chemotherapy Reports, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Journal of Clinical Hematology and Oncology, Current Chemotherapy, Cancer Research, Journal of National Cancer Institute, Biochemica Biophysica Acta and The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry and has authored two patents. After graduate school he became the liaison scientist between M.D. Anderson Hospital, Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston. Dr. Howard owned and operated a laboratory in Houston that served the Houston medical complex. He started MedScan Laboratory in Williston, North Dakota in 1996 and has operated it continually. Dr. Howard has been certified in District Court in nine states dealing with drug and alcohol issues. He has testified in both civil and criminal cases for both the prosecution and defense.
Jesse J. Howard, Ph.D.
Dr. Jesse J. Howard earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Houston. Dr. Howard’s primary focus was on the hybridization thermodynamics of duplex DNA in solution and tethered to a DNA micro-array, and has authored numerous papers on the topic. Dr. Howard was a recipient of a NIH funded Keck Fellowship through Rice University to provide focused training in Biomedical Informatics and Molecular Biophysics. Dr. Howard also did a post-doc at the Center of Bio-Medical and Environment Genomics where he utilized Next Generation Sequencing and state-of-the-art computation methods to study DNA markers for cancer cells and identify foreign DNA in environmental samples. After his post-doc and before coming to MedScan Dr. Howard worked as a fiber optics scientist where he authored several papers and patents on the topic.
Mark Francis joined MedScan Laboratory in August of 2013. Mark has a strong background in substance abuse testing with over 20 years experience; starting as an inside sales representative and holding positions up to Vice President. His initial experience was in work place drug testing but has spent the last 7 years specializing in pain management. Mark has successfully built pain management divisions for 2 previous toxicology laboratories and has done consulting for several others.
Mark earned his Bachelor Degree in Economics and Finance from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.
Director of Operations
Bill Howard attended University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering. During his time at the University of North Dakota he worked on various research projects involving computation chemistry and laboratory automation for small scale testing of membrane permeability. After graduation Bill became a manufacturing engineer for 3M. During his time at 3M he learned, implemented, and taught Lean Six Sigma operations for varies laboratory and manufacturing operations. Bill joined MedScan Laboratory in May of 2012 and it is his mission for MedScan Laboratory to conduct a fast turnaround on testing results while keeping the best quality.