MCLA's Delta Mu Delta Honors Nuclea's Patrick Muraca, Students


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) recently recognized the achievements of eight business administration students, as well as Patrick J. Muraca, president and chief executive officer of Pittsfield's Nuclea Biotechnologies, Inc., when the students were inducted last Saturday, April 5, into the Zeta Zeta chapter of the Delta Mu Delta national honor society, and Muraca was inducted as an honorary member of the organization.

The students included Matthew Jason Brignolo '14, Samantha J. Desautels '15, Sarah Elizabeth McDonough '14, Jared M. Kahn '15, Rian W. Martin '14, Ashley Alanna Rothschild '14, Danielle Lena Wiencek '14 and Mark Henneberry, Jr. '14.

According to Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, business administration professor at MCLA and the faculty advisor to Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society encourages its chapters to induct honorary members who have made important contributions to the community in their roles as local business leaders.

"Patrick Muraca was a perfect choice for this honor this year," Ovitsky said. "He has built a successful advanced biotechnology company in his hometown of Pittsfield that serves as a catalyst for additional biotech growth in the area. Pat serves the greater community through service on boards and committees of a number of non-profit organizations, and he is a valued partner who provides support and leadership to MCLA and Berkshire Community College in their efforts to collaborate with local and statewide STEM initiatives."

Muraca is a co-founder of Nuclea, a translational medicine company dedicated to the discovery of proprietary biomarkers and in vitro companion diagnostic assays based on corresponding gene and protein expression profiles associated with an individual's tumor or specific disease state.

Nuclea's differentiated DecisionDx™ platform technology greatly improves the efficiency of genomic discovery by utilizing proprietary software in the genetic and molecular analysis of a biorepository of highly characterized clinical patient samples. The Company has applied these discovery efforts to the development of in vitro companion diagnostics for use in therapeutic and medical imaging applications across the five major cancer types: colon, stomach, leukemia, lung and prostate.

Nuclea is also utilizing its DecisionDx™ platform technology to develop companion diagnostics for other disease indications such as cardiovascular, neurological, inflammation and metabolic disorders.

Muraca formerly was the president and chief operating officer of Clinomics Biosciences, Inc. and vice president of Cytogenetic Diagnostics for Oncor, Inc. While at Oncor, Muraca was instrumental in obtaining Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the HER-2neu test kit, the first gene-based breast cancer test approved by the FDA.

Muraca has more than 16 years of experience in the development of life science technology, including the development of microscopic-based digital imaging technology.

A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., Muraca has approximately 20 scientific abstracts and publications concentrating in the area of new biomarkers in cancer. He also is a named inventor on approximately 20 United States and international utility and design patents.

Muraca is an affiliate member of the American College of Medical Genetics and a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks. In addition, he is a board member of the Jimmy Fund Council of the Berkshires.

Zeta Zeta, the MCLA chapter of Delta Mu Delta, was chartered in 1992. Delta Mu Delta recognizes and rewards scholastic achievement in business subjects and promotes scholarship in training for business.

Founded in 1913, Delta Mu Delta was established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement by students of business administration.~ In 1963, it was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, an organization of 68 member national honor societies whose purpose is to maintain desirable standards.

Delta Mu Delta is affiliated with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Business and Programs. In the United States, 155 Delta Mu Delta chapters have been formed in fully accredited public and private colleges with a total membership of over 78,000. Since 1992, MCLA has inducted more than~500 members into its local chapter.

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