COVID


Will High Sensitivity Proteomics Enable a New Paradigm in Precision Health? with Kevin Hrusovsky, Quanterix

Kevin Hrusovosky’s career has been dedicated to transforming medicine from reactive “sick care” to preventative personalized care. A serial entrepreneur, he currently serves as the CEO of Quanterix, a company which has just nabbed $700 million and is raising the bar on proteomics testing.

“Genomics can tell you what your predisposition is,” he says in today’s interview, “proteomics can tell you the earliest moment you are in a disease cascade.”

Quanterix has, like many other companies in the past year, added COVID testing to their lineup. Where they have made their mark in the pandemic as well as in many other disease areas is with the high sensitivity of their testing. This new sensitivity will ultimately lead to high quality, at-home COVID testing and coupled with wearables, early preventative testing for other diseases, says Kevin.

Tests that are up to 1000 times more sensitive than older technologies are opening up opportunities in early detection of cancer, infectious disease, and heart disease. Kevin believes we will see a shift in the testing paradigm. Patients will be tested earlier: not just when they have symptoms, but when they are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. The company is also working with pharmaceutical companies to better stratify patients for Alzheimer’s trials.

How will patients know to be tested if they are pre-symptomatic? How does Kevin see the proteomics tools space compared to that of genomics?

Join us as we zoom out from the pandemic to look at the precision health movement as powered by proteomics.

SynBioBeta 2020 with John Cumbers

Synthetic biology was surging like perhaps no other bio-based industry when the pandemic struck, and it has had some unique weapons in its arsenal for aiding in the fight against COVID. There are the leading vaccine makers such as Moderna using synthetic biology, as well as antibody technology and CRISPR based testing. But many of the surging trends from the last year have only been made more urgent this year: small molecules, food tech, synthetic materials.

Living with a pandemic is making humans more aware of our scientific dependence.

Today, it's our annual check in with the synthetic biology space—a review of the year and a preview of the leading conference for the industry, SynBioBeta 2020. There’s no one better to do that with than founder John Cumbers. SynBioBeta 2020 takes place this September 29-October 1. And because it’s virtual, you can attend from anywhere. www.synbiobetaevents.com



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