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Insiders On Your Side

Lab Diagnostic M&A Industry Leaders

Proven Laboratory Leadership on Your Side with ASP 

Advanced Strategic Partners (ASP), founded in 2007, is the leading Laboratory Merger and Acquisition firm. ASP is a "niche" M&A firm that focuses 100% of its efforts on the clinical, anatomic, molecular, and hospital outreach laboratory businesses.


"Insiders on your side" ASP knows the laboratory business, the players, and the industry dynamics that can significantly impact how you position your business for maximum value. Our Managing Members and Executive Consultants have served in multiple leadership roles within the laboratory industry with over 100 years of combined experience.

Can Help

In every transaction, understanding your position is fundamental to driving optimal outcomes. By leveraging experienced insights into the lab business, the industry dynamics, and knowledge of the acquirer's strategies and motivations, ASP gives you confidence that you are getting maximum value for your business. Some of the benefits of using ASP for an exit event include the following.

Experienced Laboratory Advisors

ASP advisors have served in multiple executive roles in the top of the healthcare and laboratory industry. 

Leverage with ASP Existing Network

With over 60 collective years in the healthcare and laboratory industry, ASP has built a solid network of contacts.

Total Commitment to our Clients

ASP is committed to delivering  outstanding customer service characterized by teamwork, integrity, and results.

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Melissa Butterworth

Melissa Butterworth is the Co-Founder, Managing Director and President of Advanced Strategic Partners. Ms. Butterworth has 26 years of experience specific to the laboratory industry. The last eleven years have been spent in the Merger and Acquisition sector having completed over $1.2B in clinical, anatomical, molecular and hospital outreach laboratory transactions during her career. In addition to her M & A expertise, she has spent the last decade advising Molecular laboratories on new business development initiatives. Included in these initiatives, Melissa served as the worldwide Sales & Marketing VP for PhenoPath Laboratory overseeing both their clinical laboratory and the CRO Division. All of the Advanced Strategic Partners Executives came from the lab industry or have 10 years experience in the laboratory industry which differentiates their team from anyone else in the M&A lab market.

Melissa Butterworth is also the author of “The End Game”  A laboratory Owners Guide to Maximizing Valuation. She graduated with honors from the University of North Florida with dual degrees in Marketing and Management.

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Meet The Team


Dan Lucky

Dan Lucky is the Co-Founder, and Director of Advanced Strategic Partners.  Mr. Lucky has 50 years of experience in Corporate Relationship Management, Information Technology, and Commercial Business Transactions.  The last eleven years have been spent in the Merger and Acquisition activity specific to the Laboratory industry.  In 2011 and 2017 Dan was rated by Keller Williams Commercial Company as the top producing agent specific to Laboratory Transactions for the US.

In addition to his M&A expertise, Dan is an expert in developing HIPAA compliant cloud based data collection environments specific to the capture of Laboratory performance data for M&A compliance requirements.  All of the Advanced Strategic Partners Executives either came from the lab industry or have 10 years of experience in the laboratory industry which differentiates our team from anyone else providing M&A Laboratory services.

He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1967 with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Technology.

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Audrey Butterworth

Audrey Butterworth is the Executive Assistant of Advanced Strategic Partners, where she adeptly combines administrative finesse with strategic foresight.  With a commitment to precision, Audrey seamlessly manages executive schedules while assisting in marketing campaigns and conducting market research. Her dynamic skill set and unwavering professionalism position her as an invaluable asset, catalyzing excellence and success across all aspects of the organization's operations.  


She graduated with honors from Virginia Tech's School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2023.

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