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SELECTBIO Conferences Liquid Biopsies and Minimally-Invasive Diagnostics 2017

Steve Soper's Biography

Steve Soper, Foundation Distinguished Professor, Director, Center of BioModular Multi-scale System for Precision Medicine, The University of Kansas, Adjunct Professor, Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology

Prof. Soper (since 2016) is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kansas. At KUMC, Prof. Soper holds an adjunct appointment in the Cancer Biology Department and is a member of the KU Cancer Center. He also holds an appointment at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Ulsan, South Korea, where he is a World Class University Professor.

As a result of his efforts, Prof. Soper has secured extramural funding totaling >$105M, has published over 245 peer-reviewed manuscripts (h index = 67; 16,188 citations); 31 book chapters and 71 peer-reviewed conference proceeding papers, and is the author of 12 patents. He is also the founder of a startup company, BioFluidica, which is marketing devices for the isolation and enumeration of circulating tumor cells. Soper recently founded a second company, Sunflower Genomics, which is seeking to market a new DNA/RNA single-molecule sequencing platform. His list of awards includes Chemical Instrumentation by the American Chemical Society, the Benedetti-Pichler Award for Microchemistry, Fellow of the AAAS, Fellow of Applied Spectroscopy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, R&D 100 Award, Distinguished Masters Award at LSU and Outstanding Scientist/Engineer in the state of Louisiana in 2001. Finally, Prof. Soper has granted 48 PhDs and 7 MS degrees to students under his mentorship. He currently heads a group of 15 researchers.

His major discoveries include: (1) Technology for the detection of circulating tumor cells that can manage a variety of cancer diseases using a simple blood test (test has been demonstrated in multiple myeloma, pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, pancreatic, breast, colorectal, prostate, and ovarian cancers); (2) new hardware and assay for the point-of-care diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke; (3) single-molecule DNA and RNA sequencing nanotechnology; and (4) currently working on a home-test for COVID-19 infections (handheld instrument and the associated assay).

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New Tools for Liquid Biopsies to Enable Precision Medicine

Thursday, 5 October 2017 at 10:00

Add to Calendar ▼2017-10-05 10:00:002017-10-05 11:00:00Europe/LondonNew Tools for Liquid Biopsies to Enable Precision MedicineLiquid Biopsies and Minimally-Invasive Diagnostics 2017 in Coronado Island, CaliforniaCoronado Island,

Liquid biopsies are generating great interest within the medical community due to the simplicity for securing important biomarkers to manage complex diseases, such as many of the cancer-related diseases. Liquid biopsy markers can facilitate the realization of Precision Medicine in terms of assisting in the discovery of new patient-specific therapies and stratifying patients to match them to appropriate therapies. We are developing a suite of novel microfluidic devices that can process whole blood directly and designed to efficiently search for a variety of disease-associated liquid biopsy markers from divergent subpopulations comprising the tumor microenvironment. The microfluidic devices can isolate the target with recovery >90% and sufficient purity (>80%) to enable downstream molecular analysis. In this presentation, I will discuss the development of a fluidic system for monitoring minimum residual disease (MRD) in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients following allosteric stem cell transplantation to detect signs of relapse without requiring a bone marrow biopsy. Specifically, the peripheral blood of patients were tracked longitudinally for signs of relapse using circulating leukemia cells with relapse detected nearly 2 months prior to the standard of care, which required a bone marrow aspirate and multi-parameter flow cytometry. In addition, the staging of patients with multiple myeloma will be discussed via affinity selection of circulating plasma cells using peripheral blood samples with FISH carried out on the circulating plasma cells.

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