RTI Senior Researcher Accepts Role as Director of North Carolina’s State Laboratory

July 22, 2019

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, today announced that Scott Shone, PhD, a senior researcher in RTI’s Center for Newborn Screening, Ethics, and Disability Studies, has been named Director of the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. 

In his new role, which he will start in September, Dr. Shone will direct and coordinate the activities of a large technical staff in areas of newborn screening, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, environmental sciences, virology/serology, emergency laboratory preparedness and response, and laboratory improvement to ensure the successful delivery of laboratory services in North Carolina.

RTI has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. One of the recent successes of the partnership is Early Check, an RTI-led study that supports the state laboratory’s regular newborn screenings by providing voluntary, expanded newborn screenings at no cost to all babies born in North Carolina.

While at RTI, Dr. Shone provided technical assistance and guidance for newborn screening systems. He also served as the senior consultant for the Center’s laboratory tasks, clinical director for the Early Check laboratory, and led the information technology and data quality assurance activities for Early Check.

 “I truly value my time at RTI. This new position is an exciting step in my career that also provides opportunities to continue to partner with the Institute,” said Dr. Shone. “I look forward to building on the progress that has been made to help create a healthier North Carolina.”

“While we will certainly miss him, I am thrilled for Scott and know that children, families and all citizens of North Carolina will benefit from his leadership,” said RTI Distinguished Fellow Don Bailey, PhD. “We look forward to continuing and strengthening our partnership with the North Carolina State Lab.”

To learn more about RTI’s Center for Newborn Screening, Ethics, and Disability Studies, visit: www.rti.org/centers/rti-center-newborn-screening-ethics-and-disability-studies.