Diagnostic Executive Profile
            PHOTO BY ISTOCKPHOTO IVD companies large and small stand to gain mightily as healthcare reform takes center stage in Washington, DC. That is the consensus of three leaders in the IVD arena, Amit Kumar, CEO and president of CombiMatrix (Mukilteo, WA), Mark Straley, worldwide president for Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (Raritan, NJ), and Stephen Ubl, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed; Washington, DC)....
            As the IVD industry continues to grow rapidly, it faces a number of challenges. IVD Technology asked the top executives at two successful IVD companies, Gen-Probe Inc. (San Diego) and Pathwork Diagnostics (Sunnyvale, CA), as well as the director of FDA's Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety (OVID) about those challenges. They predict that the industry will continue to rise to meet them head-on and, in doing so, will...
          Photo by iStockphoto Take three very different IVD companies: Beckman Coulter (Brea, CA), Genomic Health (Redwood City, CA), and Response Biomedical (Burnaby, BC, Canada). Ask each company's respective top executive to speak about the challenges and the future of their company and their industry, and a very enthusiastic and optimistic picture emerges. Although each executive represents a company with unique products and roles, each sees in vitro...
          PHOTO BY ISTOCKPHOTO.COM. What do IVD manufacturers focused on things like blood banking, liver cirrhosis, and pharmacogenetics have in common? Besides their obvious healthcare ties, when it comes to diagnostics, companies that work toward achieving goals in vastly different areas of healthcare might have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Whether it's working to ensure the safety and availability of blood for transfusion, attempting to...
  “Do you want me to call you back?” asks Kenneth Buechler, president and chief scientific officer at Biosite Inc. (San Diego), through the cell phone squall. Buechler has traveled to Chicago from the company's headquarters to deliver a speech to an audience of investors. A balky connection to IVD Technology makes him sound as though he is standing in a stiff winter wind off Lake Michigan. Squeezing in an interview before a speech to a growth-stock conference and a well-...
    Successful companies in every industry have executives who have not only a vision of the direction in which their companies should be going but also ideas on ways to get there. The IVD industry is no exception. But probably more so in the IVD industry, companies need executives with good ideas, considering the highly competitive nature of this industry.  The IVD industry has gone through some difficult times during the past few years. For example, the industry has...