Strong Clinical Network

Medical Advisory Board with Internationally Renowned Experts

The Medical Advisory Board meets  several  times  per  year  and  chair roundtables with further key opinion leaders in the field to advise the company on important trends and issues in clinical microbiology as well as novel product concepts addressing high medical need questions in the diagnosis of severe infections in hospitalized patients.

Reno Frei, MD, Head of Clinical Microbiology

Reno Frei, MD, was Head of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland,  for  more  than  25  years.  His  research  focuses  on  antibiotic  resistance, microbiological diagnostics, and healthcare-associated infections including prosthetic device infections and sepsis. He has published 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Frei received his medical degree from the University of Basel Faculty of Medicine in 1980. He completed his training in infectious diseases and laboratory medicine with a research fellowship at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, USA.

Dr. Melissa Miller, PhD, D(ABMM), Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Melissa Miller, PhD, D(ABMM), is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She is also the Director of the Clinical Molecular Microbiology Laboratory and Associate Director of the Microbiology-Immunology Laboratory for UNC Health Care. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and completed the Medical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship at UNC. She is the current chair of the ASM Committee on Laboratory Practices, the co-chair of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology Professional Practices Committee, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  Dr. Miller has broad research interests spanning from the epidemiology of drug resistant organisms to accurate and cost-effective molecular detection of viral infections. She is particularly interested in the assessment of patient and healthcare outcomes associated with the implementation of new molecular technologies. 

Robin Patel, MD, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology

Robin Patel, MD, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology, is Director of the Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory and the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory and Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, Mayo Clinic, USA. Prior to taking a staff position at Mayo in 1996, she completed  residencies in Internal Medicine and Microbiology in Rochester, Minnesota, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.  Robin Patel’s research focuses on clinical bacteriology diagnostic testing, antimicrobial resistance, and microbial biofilms. She has published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has delivered numerous national and international presentations. She graduated from Princeton University with a  BA in Chemistry in 1985 and from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with an MD (C.M.) in 1989.

Mathias Pletz, MD, Professor of Infectious Diseases

Mathias Pletz, MD, Professor of Infectious Diseases, is Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Infection Control at the Jena University Hospital, Germany. Prior to that, he worked at the Department for Respiratory Medicine at Hannover Medical School (Hannover, Germany), the Respiratory Diseases Branch of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, USA) and at the Chest Hospital Heckeshorn (Berlin, Germany). His research focuses on respiratory tract infections and strategies against difficult to treat bacterial infections. This includes rapid tests for antimicrobial resistance and novel approaches to eradicate biofilms. Dr. Pletz has received numerous grants and scientific awards, such as the Honor Award Certificate from the CDC, and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Laurent Poirel, Associate Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Laurent Poirel works as Associate Professor in the Microbiology Unit, Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Science at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland (director: Prof. Patrice Nordmann). He has a long-standing scientific career at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris / France. His research area is genetics, biochemistry and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance determinants with focus on ß-lactam, aminoglycoside, carbapenem and quinolone resistances. In addition, he and his team have jointly developed a variety of rapid diagnostic tests for detection of extended-spectrum ß-lactamases and carbapenemases. Dr. Poirel has co-authored more than 430 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is frequently invited speaker at international science and industry conferences including among others the International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) and the European Congress for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID). In addition, he is a member of both, the ICAAC Program Committee and the ESCMID Executive Subcommittee and serves as editor or member on editorial board of various international journals.

Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, PhD, Professor of Intensive Care

Jean-Louis Vincent, MD, PhD, is Professor of Intensive Care at the University of Brussels and Intensivist in the Department of Intensive Care at the Erasme University Hospital in Brussels, Belgium. He has published more than 900 peer-reviewed articles, some 400 book chapters and review articles, 950 original abstracts, and has edited 101 books. Among others, he is the Editor-In-Chief of Critical Care, Current Opinion in Critical Care and ICU Management and a member of the editorial boards of about 30 other journals. Jean-Louis Vincent received numerous awards, including the prestigious Prix Scientifique Joseph Maisin-Sciences biomédicales cliniques.Prof. Vincent is a Past-President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and presently President of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine.