Jimmie Evans always knew he wanted to work in healthcare. And when he needed some dental work because of a sports injury, he was so impressed with the care he received that he thought dentistry was the right fit for him. That was the plan, at least, when he started as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. But then he took a summer job working in a laboratory and quickly realized that the lab bench was where he really belonged. “I just loved it, the exploration and finding new things.”
He completed a degree in clinical laboratory science at the University of Texas Health Science Center and started his career in the biopharmaceutical space working with injectables and blood plasma. After several years, though, Jimmie felt the need to expand his lab experience and learn new skills. This led him to switch to clinical lab work, where he gained experience in microbiology, urinalysis, pathology, and immunology. Jimmie has over 15 years of experience managing College of American Pathologists (CAP)-certified clinical labs for several health systems, and in 2017, Jimmie was certified as a CAP Inspector.
After living in California for a time, Jimmie decided it was time to return to his native Arizona. He noticed the job opening for a Laboratory Director at CND Life Sciences and started doing some research. What piqued his interest was that CND Life Sciences is the only lab in the world that performs the Syn-One Test™, and when he learned that they value a patient-centered approach, he knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. Born and raised in Phoenix, Jimmie says joining CND Life Sciences “…was like a coming home party for me.”
What he’s learned about the lab since starting in July is that “It is not the typical histology laboratory. The techniques are different. This is a manual process, so the skill sets are more elevated than the typical histology laboratory.” Jimmie notes that most labs are moving toward more automation, but one of the things that attracted him to CND Life Sciences is that he gets to be part of process that’s hands-on from beginning to end.
Another thing that impressed Jimmie is the founders’ vision of advancing patient care. He highlights that the Syn-One Test offers clinicians a way to confirm a synucleinopathy in a minimally invasive way—an option that wasn’t available just a few years ago. “The Syn-One Test is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of being able to identify anatomical pathologies.”
Jimmie is conspicuously proud to be handling the day-to-day operations of the lab at CND Life Sciences. His vision is that it will be recognized as a state-of-the-art laboratory with outstanding quality and turnaround times, run by highly trained professionals who are collaborative, open, adaptable, and most of all, focused on their mission.
Outside of the lab, you’ll likely find Jimmie playing pool. He describes himself as only an “above average” player, but we wouldn’t bet against him.