GLUE Lectures

Global Lectures Uniting Everyone (GLUE) is the Atlanta Center for Microsystems Engineered Point-of-care Technologies (ACME POCT) flagship event series and serves as our primary venue to educate on the entrepreneurial pathway and product lifecycle. It provides a forum to pitch clinical problems and teach about the technologies most promising for meeting these clinical needs. Here is the link to our ACME POCT Youtube Channel:

Learn about ACME POCT Services

In this GLUE we share the services and expertise that ACME POCT provides to entrepreneurs, engineers, clinicians, and others interested in the invention, development, testing, and/or refinement of devices geared toward addressing unmet clinical needs within the areas of 1) Technology; 2) Clinical; 3) Regulatory; and 4) Market/Business. These services are the centerpiece of our call for applications providing opportunities for direct linkage and partnership with ACME to assist microsystems technology based devices in their success. (2/27/2024)

The Next Generation of Lateral Flow Assays: Integration of Nanomaterials with Arben Merkoçi, PhD

Arben Merkoçi, PhD is currently ICREA Professor and director of the Nanobioelectronics & Biosensors Group at Institut Català de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia (ICN2), a BIST center situated at Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) campus. Prof. Merkoçi’s research is focused on the design and application of cutting-edge nanotechnology and nanoscience-based biosensors with interest for diagnostics and he shares his insights with ACME POCT in this lecture. (1/10/2024)

From Academic Papers to Diagnostic Products: The Commercialization Journey of Aptitude Medical with Scott Ferguson, PhD

Scott Ferguson, PhD is CEO of Aptitude Medical Systems. Aptitude’s lead product, Metrix™ COVID-19 Test, is the first FDA-authorized molecular diagnostic test to work with saliva or swab samples for at-home and over-the-counter use without physician supervision. Aptitude created a simple, accurate, and easy-to-use diagnostic platform that fits in the palm of the hand and allows anyone to run a complex lab-quality PCR test in their own hands in minutes. (9/19/2023)

TESTING IN A PANDEMIC: Where Medicine & Public Health Conflict and Dogma Rules the Day

Michael Mina, MD, PhD is an Epidemiologist, Immunologist and Clinical Pathologist, and is Chief Science Officer at eMed. Prior to eMed.  Dr. Mina has been at the forefront of the COVID pandemic, both in the development of new approaches to testing for public health and immunity-based surveillance and serving as an advisor at all levels of federal, state and international governments. (3/2/2023)

50 Shades of FDA: A case study to highlight the regulatory perspectives of a new diagnostic

Navigating a medical device through the FDA’s regulatory maze can be a daunting affair…To shed light on the process Cathy Cambria and Erika Tyburski demonstrate the steps through a mock innovative COVID-19 assay, from both the point of view of the innovator and a regulatory agency. They touch on the many regulatory considerations necessary for getting truly innovative and novel technologies to market (4/28/2023).

Ultrasound on a Chip: New Applications In Intravascular & Sports/Emergency Medicine

Ultrasound imaging is being revolutionized by dramatic miniaturization through convergence of novel transducer technologies and integrated electronics. Speaker Levent Degertekin, PhD's current research focuses on microscale devices and integrated systems for ultrasound based medical imaging/therapy and magnetic resonance imaging. (2/24/2023)

Bringing Engineers and Clinicians Together to Explore Microchip Applications in Healthcare

Learn about new technologies currently being developed by GA Tech engineers followed by discussion about potential new clinical applications. We envision uses applicable to a wide variety of disciplines including cardiology, pulmonology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology, nephrology, urology, and ENT. Speakers: Farrokh Ayazi, Ph.D. and W. Hong Yeo, PhD. (9/16/2022)

The Secret Sauce: Ingredients for Biomedical Startup Success

What key ingredients, other than luck, do you need to mix together to make a Biomedical Startup a delicious success? Dr. Lee Herron shares his chef’s secrets on identifying what makes a company interesting to the Georgia Research Alliance; who you need on your team, how to test your prototypes, and what to consider when seeking funding for your venture (4/19/2022)

An Oasis in a Medical Desert: Bringing COVID-19 Testing to Under-Resourced Communities while also Helping to Develop Point-of-Care Testing Strategies

Presented by: Mark A. Griffiths, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Associate Medical Director, Hughes Spalding Emergency Dept, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (12/10/2021)

The long and winding road of bringing laboratory accuracy to clinical point of care – and why this road could lead straight to your driveway!

A seasoned entrepreneur on best practices and lessons learned in developing point-of-care devices. Presented by Ingo Chakravarty, VP/GM Rapid Diagnostics Solutions, Thermo Fisher Scientific (10/19/2021)

Asymptomatic surveillance testing for SARS-CoV-2: The Emory University Experience

Presented by John D. Roback, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Roback serves as Director of Emory's Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapy (8/20/2021)

Don’t Forget About Human Factors - Lessons from COVID-19 Point-of-Care Diagnostic Testing

Presented by Sarah Farmer, Director of Testing and Evaluation at Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) and Managing Director of HomeLab , and Amanda Peagler, a research scientist at CACP at Georgia Tech. Presentation slides can be found here (3/5/2021)

POC, CT, and SARS: Oh, My! We’re Off to See the Wizard

Join us to hear about how COVID 19 tests are chosen, how they’re used, and how clarity can be drawn from confusion. Presented by Bevery Rogers, Mark Gonzalaz, Robert Jerris (11/20/2020)

The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative: How you can tap into a share of this $500M for COVID-19 diagnostics development

Presented by Wilbur Lam, Greg Martin, Oliver Brand, Erika Tyburski, Stacy Heilman (5/14/2020)

Establishing a viable business model for your medical device invention: Reimbursement and payment tips that pay-off

Presented by Teresa Wilson, DHHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, David J. Kim, MD, DigiTx Partners, and Rosemary Gammon, PAHM, Principal Consultant at Sage Healthcare Consultants, LLC (2/24/2020)