INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AIT Laboratories (AIT) announced today the appointment of D. Craig Brater, M.D., current president of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, and the recently-retired Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, to the AIT board of directors. Brater's clinical background and expert knowledge of health systems will be an invaluable asset as AIT continues to build its portfolio of medication monitoring and toxicology testing products and expands into new markets. Brater's appointment increases the board's size to seven.
"Dr. Brater brings a unique and invaluable perspective to the business of AIT. As the Dean of the IU School of Medicine, he led an unparalleled expansion of research and innovation, and as the director of a major healthcare system, he helped manage the stresses of healthcare reform. Dr. Brater's years of clinical, research and academic experience come as a welcome addition to the AIT Board," said R. Matthew Neff, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of AIT.
"I feel honored to join AIT's leadership team and lend my own expertise to the work they've started in protecting patients and physicians from prescription drug abuse," said Dr. Brater. "AIT is known for its precision work in toxicology testing, filling a vital gap in the practice of medicine today. I'm glad to be a part of it."
Brater spent the last 27 years filling multiple vital roles at Indiana University. For the past 13 years, Dr. Brater served as Dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, the second largest medical school in the United States. He also served as the Vice President of Life Sciences of Indiana University, responsible for life sciences innovation throughout the IU system. Prior to his career at Indiana University, Brater served in various capacities at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Brater earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Duke University and went on to receive his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine.
Brater is currently a member of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) and the American College of Physicians. Until his retirement, he served as the Chairman of the Board of BioCrossroads, the public-private life sciences partnership in Indiana. He is a member of the National Institutes of Health and previously served as President of U.S. Pharmacopeia.
About AIT Laboratories
AIT Laboratories, headquartered in Indianapolis, is a national laboratory that specializes in testing to monitor patients prescribed scheduled narcotics and forensic toxicology drug testing. The company is recognized nationwide for unique services that help to protect physicians, practices and patients. For more information about AIT, visit www.aitlabs.com.
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