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SELECTBIO Conferences Point-of-Care Diagnostics World Congress

Joel Ehrenkranz's Biography

Joel Ehrenkranz, Chief Medical Officer, i-calQ

Dr. Ehrenkranz is an academic endocrinologist and successful biotech entrepreneur. A graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine, he has over 30 years experience in both clinical medicine and diagnostics development. His inventions include drug testing technologies, home pregnancy tests, and thyroid diagnostics. He worked for the Commissioner of the U.S. F.D.A. from 1991 to 1996. He is the director of diabetes and endocrinology for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. While doctoring in a 2007 Ebola epidemic in Uganda, Dr. Ehrenkranz invented smartphone-based point-of-care diagnostics. In 2011, he founded a company, i-calQ L.L.C. to commercialize this invention. i-calQ developed the world’s first smartphone point-of-care diagnostic device and is the leader in the field of smartphone-based point-of-care diagnostics. I-calQ was a finalist in the Nokia Sensing X Prize Challenge, has received funding from Grand Challenges Canada for smartphone-based renal function testing in rural Tanzania, and is an invitee for a Wellcome Trust project to set up newborn thyroid screening in India. Dr. Ehrenkranz and i-calQ are currently working with the Thailand Ministry of Public Health to replace centralized newborn screening and iodine nutrition monitoring with smartphone-based point-of-care thyroid disease management.

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The History of Point-of-Care Diagnostics: From the Ant to the Smartphone

Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 14:30

Add to Calendar ▼2014-09-18 14:30:002014-09-18 15:30:00Europe/LondonThe History of Point-of-Care Diagnostics: From the Ant to the SmartphonePoint-of-Care Diagnostics World Congress in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California,

Indian physicians in 1500 BC described the first point-of-care diagnostic test and diagnostic testing took place at the bedside up to the 1970’s.  Centralized clinical laboratories did not appear until the 1950’s and, until recently, aggressive business tactics and commercial interests enabled large corporations to dominate diagnostics. Recent advances in electronics and computer science are making centralized labs obsolete and smartphones are changing the practice of medicine.  Point-of-care diagnostics is leading this medical technology revolution. This talk will provide a clinical perspective on point-of-care diagnostics and explain why many bioengineering innovations are doomed to fail.

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