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The IVDR and its impact on clinical diagnostics

How the IVDR will turn laboratory diagnostics in Europe upside down

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Genetic diagnostic tests that are compliant with IVDD or IVDR are currently available only for a very small number of indications. Most of the genetic tests performed today are based on so-called Laboratory Developed Tests (LDT). These LTDs have been developed by the laboratories themselves and rely on „For research use only” (RUO) products for some important steps of the analysis. These RUO products include e. g. sequencing instruments, consumables, bioinformatic pipelines or interpretation software. The IVDR significantly increases the regulatory requirements for these LDTs and therefore has a high impact on the business and operation of diagnostic laboratories across Europe. In this webinar we will discuss what this means for your daily routine and how you need to deal with this challenge.

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Dr. Sebastian Grömminger, Johner Institut GmbH

Dr. Sebastian Grömminger - Strategic Consultant at Johner Institut

Sebastian Groemminger is molecular biologist and expert in the field of molecular genetic in-vitro diagnostics. At Johner Institute, he supports clients in the certification, development and maintenance of QM systems according to EN ISO 13485, as well as in the implementation of the standards EN 62304 and EN ISO 14971, and the approval of in-vitro diagnostics. Following his doctorate in the field of virus-associated tumor development at the Helmholtz Centre in Munich, he played a decisive role in the development, practical implementation, approval, and performance evaluation of non-invasive prenatal examination methods. With his experience in development and diagnostic routine, he has taken over Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs.

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Dr. Ben Liesfeld, Limbus Medical Technologies GmbH

Dr. Ben Liesfeld - Managing Director & Co-Founder  Limbus Medical Technologies

Dr. Ben Liesfeld is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Limbus Medical Technologies, a medical software company whose mission is to support and facilitate genetic diagnostics. A physicist by training, he co-invented computer guided laser surgery devices for ophthalmology. When accepting a position in a clinical laboratory in 2013 he learned about the huge potential and the challenges of diagnosing rare diseases using NGS. This led him to create an independent enterprise to leverage software and real-world evidence in order to solve the puzzles of genetic diseases.

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Björn Nowack, SensID GmbH

Björn Nowack - Managing Director & Co-Founder SensID

Björn Nowack is Co-Founder and CEO of SensID, a company specialized in the development, manufacturing and marketing of reference material and quality controls in DNA diagnostics. He is a biochemist by training with a professional background in research and management with a focus on liquid biopsy. He has many years of experience in pharmaceutical and life-science companies working according to ISO- and GMP-standards. With SensID, it became his goal to develope reference materials and quality controls that are precisely characterized and manufactured under the highest standards and that are suitable for research and clinical diagnostics. 

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