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Workshop A - Rapid Diagnostics for Drug Resistance
November 14, 2018
Workshop Leader:
David Perlin, Executive Director & Professor, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University

This workshop will focus on the latest advancements in molecular diagnostic platform development to rapidly identify drug resistance among infecting organisms. Workshop participants will learn about new platforms and their application for clinical management with presentations from industry, regulatory officials and clinical leaders.

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Participants will learn about the development of cutting-edge technology and how it can be used to improve patient outcome.

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Workshop LEADER


David Perlin

Executive Director & Professor, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University

Dr. David Perlin is Executive Director and Professor of the Public Health Research Institute (PRHI), New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University. His group has focused on drug resistant fungal and bacterial infections and the development of therapeutic and diagnostic technology to overcome these infections. As PHRI Director, he has overseen a robust diagnostic development program leading to major FDA approved clinical products for TB and other diseases. His groups has worked closely with the CDC, State and Local health departments and hospitals to develop rapid molecular diagnostics for bacterial and fungal pathogens causing major outbreaks. His group has been particularly active in developing technology to assess mechanisms of drug resistance. He is Principal investigator of an NIH Center of Excellence in Translation Research (CETR) directed at novel antibiotic development to drug resistant pathogens, as well as director of the NIH-designated Rutgers Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) for the study of highly transmissible agents. Dr. Perlin has published more than 240 original papers, chapters and books, and he serves on numerous scientific Advisory Boards for Pharma, biopgahram and diagnostic companies.

Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University


The Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) is a 77-year-old biomedical research organization that is part of Rutgers, New Jersey medical School. PHRI has evolved through the decades as a leading translational research organization in global infectious diseases that emphasizes fundamental, applied and clinical research. PHRI’s 20 laboratories emphasize translational studies (diagnostics, therapy and vaccines) of TB, HIV, hospital and community-acquired infections, drug resistance, and agents of biodefense and biosecurity

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks & Introductions

David Perlin

David Perlin, Executive Director & Professor, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University
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9:15 Session 1: What is the landscape for current molecular diagnostic development

  • What technology is available
  • What platforms have been developed and are approved
  • What is the promise and impact of the new technology
  • Tom Lowery

    Tom Lowery, Chief Scientific Officer, T2 Biosystems

    Brendan  Manning

    Brendan Manning, Associate Director Molecular Diagnostics, T2 Biosystems, Inc.

    10:00 Session 2: How is this technology viewed by regulatory authorities

    Ribhi M. Shawar

    Ribhi M. Shawar, Branch Chief, General Bacteriology and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Branch, Food and Drug Administration

  • How does FDA see the role of this technology
  • What are the special considerations that govern approval
  • What is the role of post-approval monitoring in this space
  • Are new rules needed?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Session 3: “A real-life clinical view of molecular diagnostic technology”

    David Perlin

    David Perlin, Executive Director & Professor, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University
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  • What is the clinical value?
  • What obstacles remain to be overcome
  • Can it deliver on its promise?
  • 11:40 Q&A

    David Perlin

    David Perlin, Executive Director & Professor, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers University
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    12:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One


    [Workshop A] - Programme


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