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Connect with industry leaders over coffee at booth 4606, AACC 2017.

In the connected era, insights are everything, and at AACC 2017, you’ll have the power to connect with some of the sharpest minds in the diagnostics industry. Join us for coffee at booth 4606 and meet with leading experts to confer, compare notes and caffeinate. You’ll even have the chance to get your photo taken with your new connection, which you can share across your social networks.

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Speak with proven experts who can help you discover and achieve new possibilities for your lab.

Nam Tran, Ph.D.

Nam Tran, Ph.D.

Topics: Biotin & Sepsis

Session 2
Nam Tran, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Point-of-Care Testing Center and Clinical Chemistry at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health. He trained at the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Point-of-Care Technologies Center. Dr. Tran was also a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Emergency Medicine K12 Scholar.

Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC

Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC

Topic: Cardiology

Session 3
Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC, is a Cardiologist, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Step Family Foundation Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in UC San Diego Health’s Jacobs Medical Center. Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology, Dr. Taub is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Rakesh Engineer, MD, FACEP-

Rakesh Engineer, MD, FACEP-

Topic: Emergency Medicine

Session 1
Dr. Rakesh Engineer serves the Cleveland Clinic Health System as the Director of Best Practices and Innovations in the Emergency Services Institute. As an active member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Dr. Engineer sits on its Program Committee. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Sihe Wang, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB

Sihe Wang, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB

Topic: Clinical Biochemistry

Session 1
Dr. Sihe Wang is the Section Head and Medical Director of Clinical Biochemistry and Director of the Clinical Biochemistry Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Wang also chairs clinical chemistry integration and standardization efforts for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, which includes one Florida hospital, 10 community hospitals and 18 family health centers in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, he is a Clinical Chemistry Professor at Cleveland State University and a Guest Professor at Guangzhou Medical University.

Elsie Yu, Ph.D.

Elsie Yu, Ph.D.

Topics: Automation & Point-of-Care Testing

Sessions 1 & 2
Elsie Yu, Ph.D., is head of Chemistry, Toxicology and Point-of-Care Testing at Geisinger Health System. She is a clinically oriented chemist, board certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Yu has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed a clinical fellowship at Boston’s Children Hospital. She was recently named a top five “40 Under 40” by ASCP.

Michael R Broyles, PharmD

Michael R Broyles, PharmD

Topics: Sepsis & Antibiotic Stewardship

Session 3
Mike Broyles is the Pharmacy Director at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas, Ark. A Doctorate Prepared Pharmacist with a PharmD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Services, Broyles has more than 25 years’ experience providing patients with current concepts in the clinical use of drugs and enhancing clinicians’ ability to improve patient outcomes.

Elena Pfaffenrot

Elena Pfaffenrot

Topic: Future of IA Testing

Sessions 1 & 3
Elena Pfaffenrot is International Marketing Manager for the Elecsys® portfolio at Roche in Switzerland. With a degree in chemistry from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Pfaffenrot started her career with Roche in R&D, later working as an international product manager focused on ToRCH and HIV diagnostics. Previous to her current position, Pfaffenrot served as an international marketing manager for Roche Blood Safety Solutions.

Frank Polito, MBA, MT(ASCP), SC

Frank Polito, MBA, MT(ASCP), SC

Topics: Middleware & Automation

Sessions 1, 2 & 3
Frank Polito is a graduate of Quinnipiac University and completed his training at Yale New Haven Medical Center. He has his specialty certification in chemistry, holds an MBA from Franklin Pierce College and is MT(ASCP), SC certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Polito was the chemistry supervisor at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert

Topics: IT, Middleware & Automation

Sessions 2 & 3
Paul Lambert is Vice President of Commercial Operations IT at Roche. With a BEng Honours degree in computer science from Imperial College London, he has 20-plus years of global experience in the healthcare and banking sectors. Lambert came to Roche in 2006 and served as chief architect in the 2008 acquisition of biotechnology company Genentech.

Astrid Mérida, MBA

Astrid Mérida, MBA

Topic: Core Lab Analytical Systems

Sessions 1, 2 & 3
Astrid Mérida is a multilingual chemical engineer with an MBA from the Vlerick Business School in Ghent, Belgium. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in international environments within the in vitro diagnostics industry. Currently an international product manager at Roche Diagnostics in Switzerland, Mérida is passionate about contributing to the development of diagnostics solutions that help improve the quality of patients’ lives.