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The latest trends and concepts in the In-Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) products market will be presented by leading representatives of Merck Millipore.

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Mark Thompson, Head of Medical Devices and equipment, Global Regulatory Management will provide information about global regulation trends of IVD products, with particular focus on the United States and the European Union. New products are continually entering the marketplace and it is important to assess their safety, quality, and effectiveness andto regulate them to a worldwide standard.

Fabrice Sultan, PhD, Merck Chimie/ Estapor Microspheres/ OEM Dx group will present information about how better quality microspheres can provide solutions to immuno-assay specificity and sensitivity issues. He will discuss the characteristics and properties of microspheres and how they affect the performance of the immunoassay. Fabrice Sultan has a good reputation for helping customers with microsphere technical issues and providing training on the topic.

Michael Mansfield, PhD, OEM Diagnostics Group will talk about designing porous materials for point-of-care diagnostic assays. He will discuss different diagnostic tests, the materials used to fabricate them, and how the material used dictates the function and performance of the assay.

Alan Doty, Associate Director for Product Management will provide information about the use of monoclonal antibodies derived from human lymphocytes for calibrating infectious disease immunoassays. The antibodies are standardized and are in constant supply making them a good tool for quality control.

Yves Courties, Director of Marketing for the OEM Diagnostics Business Field will talk about the business strategy involved when diagnostic companies choose to outsource to a contract manufacturing organization. The risks and benefits of such a decision will be discussed.

The forum will take place from 10:30 to 16:10 on October 7 2015 at the Tokyo International Forum Hall D5, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tòquio 3-5-1.

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Founder of SEPMAG, Lluis holds a PhD in Magnetic Materials by the UAB. He has conducted research at German and Spanish academic institutions. Having worked in companies in Ireland, USA and Spain, he has more than 20 years of experience applying magnetic materials and sensors to industrial products and processes. He has filed several international patents on the field and co-authored more than 20 scientific papers, most of them on the subject of magnetic particle movement.

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