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Creating and Launching Transformative Products on an Innovative and Versatile Technology Platform as Chief Scientific Officer

Creating and Launching Transformative Products on an Innovative and Versatile Technology Platform as Chief Scientific Officer

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Creating and launching transformative products on an innovative and versatile technology platform.

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When Seconds Count: Point of Care Diagnostics

Abstract:

Diagnostic test results direct 60% of healthcare spending. The central lab has been the nexus of in vitro blood testing in the hospital, receiving patient samples collected throughout the hospital system. In the mid 1990s, advances in technology facilitated the development of new tests platforms which brought the testing to the patient’s bedside. Point of Care diagnostics created new opportunities to deliver test results faster than the central lab with equivalent analytical performance, accelerating the time to diagnose and treat patients, particularly in the Emergency Departments.

Focusing on earlier innovators in point of care diagnostics, I will describe the unique design challenges for point of care testing, and how innovations from different technology areas (microfluidics, microelectronics, miniaturization) have been successfully merged to create new technologies to positively impact patient care. I will conclude with a focus on the role of diagnostics in accelerating decision making for organ transplantation.

 Biography:

Eric Brouwer holds degrees in Chemistry: BSc Hons (Queens), MSc (UBC) and PhD (Carleton) with postdoctoral fellowships at University of Durham (UK) and the National Research Council of Canada. He joined a biotech startup in Ottawa called iSTAT, which was subsequently acquired by Abbott Laboratories. He was Chief Scientific Officer at Trinity Biotech (Ireland/Sweden) and is currently Chief Scientific Officer at SQI Diagnostics in Toronto. He ran his first immunoassay at McMaster University, where he worked as an undergraduate summer student in the Department of Biochemistry.

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