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Point of Care Diagnostic tests are projected to represent a market of $15 billion by 2010, and have experienced growth rates of around 10% per year. Their increasing implementation into clinical practice is changing the way that physicians operate, and new technological developments are opening up opportunities for those who commercialise POCT.

SMi’s conference on Point of Care Diagnostics will present a leading array of experts in this exciting field of healthcare technology. Presentations will address the following areas:

  • Market access, regulation and pricing and reimbursement for point of care diagnostics in the major markets of Europe, the US and the developing world.
  • Updates on the latest technology platforms – case studies from diagnostics providers will reveal the latest advances in diagnostic testing
  • The prospects for using PoC in the development of personalised medicine
  • How changing clinical practice is being affected by the implementation of point of care testing 

Our line-up of top speakers so far includes:

  • David Huckle, Chief Executive, Adam’s Business Associates
  • Neil Butler, CEO, Vicacta
  • Anil Modak, Associate Director, Medical Products Research and Development, Cambridge Isotope Laboratories
  • Gert Blankenstein, Head of Product Development, Boehringer Ingelheim microParts GmbH
  • Chris Price, Professor, University of Oxford
  • Mark Charny, Managing Director, Translucency *
  • Nanette Kerr, Head of Professional Services Development, Boots UK
  • Jon Cooper, Professor of Bioelectronics and Bioengineering, University of Glasgow
  • Mark O’Connell, Director, Probe Scientific
  • Representative of Frost and Sullivan
  • Gilbert Wieringa, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Greater Manchester PCT
  • Christina Rode-Schubert, Secretary General, Connectivity Industry Consortium Europe
  • Thomas Norgall, Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltunge.n Erlangen
  • Richard Taylor, Consultant Clinical Scientist, John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Steven Wong, Professor of Pathology & Scientific Director, Toxicology Department, Milwaukee County Examiners Office, Medical University of Wisonsin
  • Robert Jenkins, Corporate Business Development Manager, Biokit SA
  • Ciara O'Sullivan, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili

This event is targeted at those involved in developing, marketing and using point of care diagnostics, including the following job titles:

  • CSOs
  • CTOs
  • Directors/Heads/VPs of Diagnostic Research and Development
  • Directors/Heads/VPs of Business Development
  • Directors/Heads/VPs of Point of Care
  • Hospital CEOs, CIOs, CFOs
  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Pathologists
  • Clinical Scientists
  • Policy Makers

Previous years attendees have included representatives of the following companies:

  • Abbott Point of Care
  • Genzyme Diagnostics Ltd
  • Roche Diagnostics Ltd
  • ALK-Abello A/S
  • Biokit S.A
  • Nanogen
  • Irish Medicines Board
  • Diasys Diagnostic Systems
  • Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Securetec Detektions-Systeme AG
  • Health Protection Agency
  • Cytyc Development & Corporation
  • Orion Diagnostica Phadia AB
  • DiagnOx
  • Capio Diagnostics UK
  • Department of Health
  • Radiometer Medical APS
  • Connector
  • Meretek Diagnostics Inc
  • Tyco Healthcare Group L P
  • Nolato Medical
  • BioMerieux
  • Medifiq
  • Orion Corporation
  • Noiro
  • BIOSURFIT
  • Horiba ABX
  • Perlos Corporation
  • Laboratorios Leti S.L  
  • TriVirix
  • Johnson & Johnson/McNeil Consumer Healthcare

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Huckle

David Huckle, Chief Executive, Adams Business Associates

9:10 OPENING KEYNOTE – OVERVIEW OF THE POC SECTOR

David Huckle

David Huckle, Chief Executive, Adams Business Associates

  • Challenges in the development of point of care diagnostics
  • Business considerations
  • Solutions to problems
  • 9:50 GLOBAL MARKETING OF POCT

    Mark Charny

    Mark Charny, Managing Director, Translucency Ltd.

  • Details to be confirmed
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 POCT MARKET IN EUROPE

  • Changing market dynamics for POC tests in European market sector
  • Challenges to sellers and buyers
  • Pricing and Reimbursement
  • Acheiving market success
  • Arun A. K.

    Arun A. K., Senior Analyst & Team Leader - Clinical Diagnostics and Drug Discovery Technologies , Frost & Sullivan

    11:40 THE POC MARKET IN GERMANY

    Gert Blankenstein

    Gert Blankenstein, Head of Business Microfluids, Boehringer Ingelheim Microparts Gmbh

  • Overview of German market
  • High levels of POC integration in the German healthcare system
  • The effect of implementation of DRGs into Germany
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 IMPLEMENTATION AND SUPPORT OF POCT INTO NHS PRACTICE

    Richard Taylor

    Richard Taylor, Consultant Clinical Scientist, John Radcliffe Hospital

  • Implementation of POCT is a money saving strategy for NHS pathology
  • Bonuses of decentralisation of diagnosis for patient care
  • Bedside testing has useful applications throughout clinical practice
  • Prospects of increased personalised medicine will provide great savings
  • 14:30 IMPROVING OUTCOMES WITH POC TESTING

    Chris Price

    Chris Price, , Oxford University

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 POINT OF CARE TESTING IN COMMUNITY PHARMACY: WHY BOTHER?

    Nanette Kerr

    Nanette Kerr, , Boots The Chemists

  • Background to testing in pharmacies
  • Credibility, professionalism and quality assurance
  • Patient accessibility, choice and the integrated care pathway
  • Supporting the government agenda
  • What next?
  • 16:20 POINT OF CARE DIAGNOSTICS IN MANCHESTER PHARMACIES: HYPE OR HOPE?

    Gilbert Wieringa

    Gilbert Wieringa, Healthcare Scientist Programme Lead, Department of Health

  • Outcomes from a 'High Street Testing' pilot
  • Delivering POCT in primary care
  • Commissioning new services
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chair's Opening Remarks

    Jon Cooper

    Jon Cooper, Professor of Bioelectronics and Bioengineering, University of Glasgow

    9:10 TARGETING THE NEEDS IN POINT-OF-CARE IMMUNOASSAYS

    Neil Butler

    Neil Butler, Chief Executive, Vivacta

  • Rapid fully quantitative immunoassay platform for use at the Point-of-Care
  • Bringing the performance of the lab in terms of ultra-high sensitivity, dynamic range and precision
  • A fully homogenous assay: no red-cell separation, no wash steps
  • System designed for “CLIA Waived” simplicity in use
  • 9:50 STANDARDISATION: A STRATEGIC FACTOR OF POCT QUALITY CONTROL

  • Towards international standards for POCT – A brief history of the CIC
  • NCCLS POCT1-A standard – what is it about?
  • CIC EI cooperation partners IHE and CHA
  • Standard benefits for users & device vendors
  • Drivers for POCT connectivity: Guidelines & integration issues
  • New horizons
  • Christina Rode-Schubert

    Christina Rode-Schubert, Secretary General, Connectivity Industry Consortium

    Thomas Norgall

    Thomas Norgall, , Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen Erlangen

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 COMMUNICATION ENABLED MICROSYSTEMS FOR CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS AND POPULATION SCREENING

    Ciara O'Sullivan

    Ciara O'Sullivan, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Rovira I Virgili

  • Lab-on-a-chip
  • Biosensor arrays
  • Embedded communication
  • Microfluidics
  • Instrumentation
  • 11:40 POINT OF CARE – A WORLD OF POSSIBILITY DRIVEN BY TECHNOLOGY

    Robert Jenkins

    Robert Jenkins, Corporate Business Development Manager, Biokit S.A

  • The development of POC is becoming possible through the evolution of technology
  • Examples of how limits are being overcome by leveraging of new technology into products
  • The future - how POC will evolve in coming years
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 POINT OF CARE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR PERSONALISING ONCOLOGY DRUGS

    Anil Modak

    Anil Modak, Associate Director, Medical Products Research & Development, Cambridge Isotope Laboratories

  • Uracil-13C breath test for evaluating DPD deficiency prior to 5-Fluorouracil chemotherapy
  • Dextromethorphan-13C breath test for identifying poor metabolizers of CYP 2D6 enzyme prior to tamoxifen therapy
  • Pantoprazole-13C breath test for identifying CYP 2C19 enzyme polymorphism prior to cyclophosphamide medication
  • 14:30 MINITURISATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF LAB ON A CHIP TECHNOLOGY FOR POINT OF CARE DIAGNOSTICS

    Jon Cooper

    Jon Cooper, Professor of Bioelectronics and Bioengineering, University of Glasgow

  • Latest developments in nanotechnology for diagnostic testing
  • Microtechnology and microfluidics
  • Applications for Lab on a Chip
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS FOR IMPLEMENTING PERSONALISED MEDICINE

    Mark O'Connell

    Mark O'Connell, Director, Probe Scientific

  • Developments in body interfaces for PoC technologies
  • Beyond genotyping for personalised medicine?
  • 16:20 THE EMERGING USE OF POCT IN FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY AND PERSONALISED JUSTICE

    Steven Wong

    Steven Wong, Professor of Pathology & Scientific Director, Toxicology Department, Milwaukee County Examiners Office, Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Testing oral fluid for drug tests using point of care technologies
  • Rapid DNA extraction and molecular diagnostics enable pharmacogenomic analysis
  • These technologies enhance the emergence of ‘personalised justice’ in foresic/criminal settings
  • 17:00 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

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    Diagnostic Point of Care Testing  (POCT) in the Total Healthcare Arena
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    Diagnostic Point of Care Testing (POCT) in the Total Healthcare Arena

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    29th October 2008
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