Alumni Profile: Stanley Lapidus, EE’70
Stanley Lapidus graduated from Cooper Union in 1970 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. Stanley is an inventor and serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of a number of companies in the fields of medical diagnostics and scientific instrumentation. Two of these companies developed diagnostics tests that have been widely adopted. He founded Cytyc Corporation in 1987 and is the principal inventor of that company’s ThinPrep Pap test. The ThinPrep was hailed by the FDA as the first significant improvement over the Pap smear in 50 years. In 1995, he founded EXACT Sciences Corporation which developed the ColoGuard test for the early detection of colorectal cancer and polyps. ColoGuard was approved by the FDA as the only non-invasive test with sensitivity comparable to colonoscopy for early detection of cancer.
He holds 36 US patents and has held academic appointments at Tufts Medical School and MIT. He currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of public and private companies.
In 2013, he was inducted into the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2013 for his contributions to medical diagnostics.
Stanley Lapidus received the CUAA Gano Dunn Award in 1998 and was inducted into The Cooper Union Hall of Fame in 2009.