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EP38

Season One Overview 2019

In this final episode of the first season of SonaCast, we look back at some of the highlights of the last seven months.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guests: Dr Michael Mansfield, Millipore Sigma

John Tonkinson, DCN Diagnostics

Klaus Hochleitner, GE

Rob Porter, RAPivD

Phil Groom, Bond Digital Health

Shireen Yates, Nima Labs

Nick Letourneau, SipChip

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP37

Back to the Beginning.

This week we are going back to the beginning of Sona Nanotech with our special guest Dr Gerrard Marangoni, one of the original founders of the company. Dr Marangoni is a tenured professor of chemistry at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, who has 25 years’ experience in surfactant and colloidal chemistry. We talk about the original project that led to CTAB-free nanorods and the founding of Sona, and look at what the future holds for the company.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Dr Gerrard Marangoni, Professor of Chemistry at St. Francis Xavier University

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP36

Date rape drug detection.

Undercover Colors made headlines a few years ago for its idea to detect date rape drugs in alcohol using coloured nail varnish. Today that idea has transformed into SipChip, a lateral flow-based device that can detect beverages spiked with drugs (commonly called ‘roofies’) in 30 seconds. In this episode we speak to Undercover Colors’ Director of R&D Dr Nick Letourneau about SipChip and his company’s fight against drug-facilitated sexual assault.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Dr Nick Letourneau, Undercover Colors’ Director of R&D

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP35

Testing for food allergens.

Food allergy is a common and growing problem, placing burdens on health systems worldwide. Studies suggest that in some Western countries up to 10 per cent of children have a food allergy. Lateral flow technology offers one solution, allowing food to be tested for allergens with rapid results. In this episode we talk to Shireen Yates, founder and CEO of Nima Labs and creator of the award-winning lateral flow-based food testing device Nima.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Shireen Yates, founder and CEO of Nima Labs

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP34

From Reader Systems to Antibodies.

In this episode we meet some of the businesses exhibiting at the Advanced Lateral Flow Course in San Diego. We talk to Michael Doumanas of QIAGEN Lake Constance about lateral flow reader systems and Patrick Leinert of Leinco Technologies about antibodies.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Michael Doumanas of QIAGEN Lake Constance and Patrick Leinert of Leinco Technologies

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP33

Making 100 million tests a year.

In this episode, recorded at ALFC 2019, we speak to Dr Young Hong of Access Bio, a leading manufacturer of malaria rapid tests, about producing lateral flow tests in huge volumes.

Company link – http://www.accessbio.net/

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Dr Young Hong – Access Bio

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP32

Sona White Paper.

This week team Sona is in San Diego, California for the Advanced Lateral flow Course 2019, one of the highlights of the lateral flow calendar. We’ve launched our new white paper at the event, which demonstrates how Sona’s unique gold nanorods can be used in competitive lateral flow assays. In this episode Sona CEO Darren Rowles gives us a brief rundown of the white paper.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Darren Rowles, Sona CEO

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP31

Lateral Flow Basics.

In this episode, we go back to basics on lateral flow with Sona CEO Darren Rowles. We discuss the origins of lateral flow technology, how a lateral flow test works and what its components do, what the technology is used for today and what the future holds.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Darren Rowles, Sona CEO

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP30

ALFC 2019.

This week we’re joined by Sona CEO Darren Rowles as we look forward to the Advanced Lateral Flow Course 2019. The event, hosted by DCN Diagnostics and Qiagen is being held from October 22-24 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California. Sona will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the event, which is one of the highlights of the lateral flow calendar.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Darren Rowles, Sona CEO

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP29

Transforming lateral flow with digital connectivity.

This week we’re joined by Phil Groom and Victoria Agova of Bond Digital Health to talk about Transform, Bond’s new digital platform for lateral flow that offers reader-app-cloud-dashboard connectivity.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guests: Phil Groom and Victoria Agova of Bond Digital Health

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP28

Targeting Cancer Cells with Gold Nanorods.

This week our special guest is Zoe Pikramenou, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Photophysics at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

Over the last year Sona has been working with Prof. Pikramenou and her team on a joint project to develop next generation gold nanorods for tissue imaging. The ultimate aim of the project is to investigate whether gold nanorods can be used to target cancer cells in the human body.

Producer: Darren Evans communications@sonanano.com

Interviewer: Darren Evans

Guest: Zoe Pikramenou, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Photophysics, University of Birmingham

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

Visit us at: www.sonanano.com

Follow us on Twitter: @SonaNanotech

Connect with us on: LinkedIn

Music Far Away by MK2

Logo by Alexandra Evans of Happy Elephant Creative

Email us at: communications@sonanano.com

EP27

Point of care and the NHS.

Last week Sona attended the POCT – The Power to Disrupt event in York, England. In this episode, Sona CEO Darren Rowles tells us what he learned at the event and we speak to David Wells, head of pathology consolidation for NHS England, about the role of point-of-care testing in the NHS.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer:Darren Evans
  • Guests: Darren Rowles, Sona CEO & David Wells, Head of Pathology Consolidation for NHS England

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP26

Disruptive point of care.

This week Sona is attending the POCT – The Power to Disrupt event in York, England. In this episode, we speak to Tony Cambridge, the organiser of the event and a biomedical scientist with NHS England. We discuss the use of point of care testing in the NHS and other health systems worldwide and look at the potential of this technology to disrupt patient pathways.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guest: Tony Cambridge, Biomedical Scientist with NHS England

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP25

The AACC interviews 3: James Steggles.

In this episode, the third in a mini-series recorded with businesses attending AACC 2019, we speak to James Steggles, MD of Logical Biological. We discuss bio-markers, the immunoassay market and the ethics of sourcing biological materials from patients.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP24

The AACC interviews 2: Shane Maher.

In this episode, the second in a mini-series recorded with businesses attending AACC 2019, we speak to Shane Maher, president of Ginolis (US). We discuss automation technology, innovation in diagnostics and the potential of robotics in manufacturing.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP23

The AACC interviews 1: Gordon Huang.

In this episode, the first in a mini-series recorded with businesses attending AACC 2019, we speak to Ta You (Gordon) Huang, senior scientist at Medical Systems Biotechnology in China. We discuss the future of diagnostics, the potential of lateral flow and sustainability in healthcare.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP22

AACC president Dr Carmen Wiley.

In this episode, recorded at AACC 2019 in Anaheim, California, our special guest is AACC president Dr Carmen Wiley. We discuss innovation in the laboratory, the potential of point of care testing and the past, present and future of the AACC.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP21

Catching up with our partners at AACC 2019.

In this special episode, recorded at AACC 2019 in Anaheim, California, we catch up with two of Sona’s valued partners. We speak to Charlie Huang, head of R&D at Anteo Technologies and Sarah Scott, OEM and distribution manager at Expedeon.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guests: Charlie Huang, head of R&D at Anteo Technologies and Sarah Scott, OEM and distribution manager at Expedeon

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP20

AACC 2019 day 1.

In this special episode, recorded at AACC 2019 in Anaheim, California, we take a walk around the exhibition space in the vast Anaheim Convention Centre and talk to Sona’s business development manager Anindita Gupta and CEO Darren Rowles about the first day at this key scientific event.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP19

Digital health and the connected consumer.

This week Team Sona is at AACC 2019 in Anaheim California. In this episode we speak to David Grenache, the chief scientific officer of Tricore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque New Mexico. At AACC Dr Grenache gave a presentation about digital health and the connected consumer.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guest: David Grenache, CSO – Tricore Reference Laboratories

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP18

Lateral flow R&D.

This week our guest is Kristin Cederquist, Research Scientist at DCN Diagnostics in California. Sona CEO Darren Rowles talks to Kristin about her day-to-day role as a scientist at the forefront of lateral flow research and development and the future of the technology.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Rowles, Sona CEO
  • Guest: Kristin Cederquist, Research Scientist at DCN Diagnostics

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP17

What to expect from AACC 2019.

We’re just three weeks away from one of the biggest events of the year, AACC 2019 in Anaheim, California. In this episode Sona CEO Darren Rowles and business development manager Anindita Gupta talk about what to expect from AACC and what Sona will be doing there. You can find Sona at Booth 4257 in Hall A. To arrange a meeting email: anu@sonanano.com

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Rawles, Sona CEO
  • Guest: Anindita Gupta, Business Development Manager

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP16

Lateral flow manufacturing.

This week’s special guest is David Carlberg, co-founder of Kinematic Automation, a California-based company that produces custom automated manufacturing systems for diagnostic devices. Since 1980, Kinematic has been a worldwide leader partnering with manufacturers wanting to automate their production processes.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP15

Rare disease diagnostics.

This week our guest is Adam Griffiths, Conference Director of the Rare Disease Diagnostics Summit being held in Boston MA this September. Startistics show that more than 350 million people globally are living with a rare disease. On average it takes seven different consultations before an initial referral to a clinical geneticist and a minimum of five years to completely diagnose a patient, with 70-90% of cases going undiagnosed. We talk to Adam about rare diseases and how to alleviate the diagnostic burden for patients.

For more information about the summit, visit: https://rarediseasediagnostics.com/events/rare-disease-diagnostics-summit

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guest: Adam Griffiths, Conference Director of the Rare Disease Diagnostics Summit

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP14

Colloidal gold and gold nanorods.

In this episode we learn all about colloidal gold and gold nanorods with Dr Kulbir Singh, Sona’s Chief Technology Officer, and find out what makes Sona’s gold nanorods unique.

To watch the Sona VR experience mentioned in the podcast, visit: https://youtu.be/2u1mlfEARJc

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP13

AACC 2019.

In August Team Sona will be attending AACC 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Centre in Anaheim, California (August 4th-8th). With more than 200 new product introductions and more than 200 scientific and educational sessions, it is the largest global scientific conference and tradeshow in the field of laboratory medicine. You can find Sona at Booth number 4257 in Hall A. In this episode business development manager Anindita Gupta tells us all about this important event. To arrange a meeting at AACC email: anu@sonanano.com

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP12

Mythbusting!

This week Sona CEO Darren Rowles corrects some commonly-held misconceptions about lateral flow technology, from labels and samples to multiplexing and market size.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP11

Saliva and sport.

This week we speak to Joe Dunbar and Dr Ahmed Jehanli of Soma Bioscience, a specialist lateral flow company offering real time saliva analytics, primarily in the area of elite sport. Soma and Sona are collaborating to create new lateral flow diagnostic tests.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guest: Joe Dunbar and Dr Ahmed Jehanli of Soma Bioscience

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP10

The plastic problem.

The world is in the grip of a crisis over plastic waste and its effect on the environment. Efforts are being made to cut plastic use and find alternatives, but are they enough? In this week’s episode of SonaCast Sona CEO Darren Rowles argues that the diagnostics industry has a responsibility to look at itself and take some tough decisions over its own use of plastic.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP9

The Lateral Flow Workshop 2019 – Part II

Last week Sona Nanotech attended the Lateral Flow Workshop 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In this episode of SonaCast, recorded in Amsterdam, we speak to Rob Porter of RAPivD and Brendan O’Farrell of DCN Diagnostics about the past, present and future of the technology. Both men have more than 30 years’ experience in rapid diagnostics and are key figures in the industry.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guests: Rob Porter of RAPivD and Brendan O’Farrell of DCN Diagnostics

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP8

The Lateral Flow Workshop 2019 – Part I

This week Sona Nanotech has attended the BioDot Lateral Flow Workshop 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In this special episode of SonaCast, we speak to John Witton of BioDot about the purpose of the workshop and what the future holds for this popular event, and Klaus Hochleitner of GE about his three decades of experience in lateral flow.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP7

Data and digital.

This week we speak to Phil Groom, commercial director of Bond Digital Health, about how digital connectivity and data are transforming lateral flow tests. Bond, which develops innovative app and cloud software solutions for lateral flow test developers, is a valued partner of Sona Nanotech.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guest: Phil Groom, commercial director of Bond Digital Health

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP6

The Lateral Flow Workshop 2019 – preview.

The Lateral Flow Workshop 2019. Next week Sona Nanotech is exhibiting and presenting at the BioDot Lateral Flow Workshop 2019 in Amsterdam. In this special episode Sona CEO Darren Rowles tells us why this event is one of the highlights of the lateral flow calendar.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP5

The role of gold in diagnostics and healthcare.

This week we speak to Trevor Keel, Sona’s business development consultant for UK and Europe, about the growing use of gold in diagnostics and healthcare and its future potential.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Darren Evans
  • Guest: Trevor Keel, Sona’s business development consultant for UK and Europe

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP4

The rapid point of care diagnostic test market.

Team Sona recently attended the Rapid Point of Care Test Development Workshop organised by Millipore Sigma and Kinematic Automation in St Louis Missouri. In this episode Sona’s business development manager Anindita Gupta discusses various aspects of the rapid point of care diagnostic test market with special guests John Tonkinson of DCN Diagnostics, Chris Lambillotte of SafePath Laboratories and Shawn Gaskell of Millipore Sigma.

  • Producer: Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer: Anindita Gupta
  • Guests: John Tonkinson of DCN Diagnostics, Chris Lambillotte of SafePath Laboratories and Shawn Gaskell of Millipore Sigma.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP3

The growing importance of multiplexing for lateral flow assays.

Team Sona recently attended the Rapid Point of Care Test Development Workshop organised by Millipore Sigma and Kinematic Automation in St Louis Missouri. In this episode Sona’s chief technology officer Dr Kulbir Singh talks to Michael Mansfield of Millipore Sigma and Hugues Augier de Cremiers of Merck about the growing importance of multiplexing for lateral flow assays.

  • Producer – Darren Evans
    communications@sonanano.com
  • Interviewer : Dr Kulbir Singh
  • Guests: Michael Mansfield of Millipore Sigma and Hugues Augier de Cremiers of Merck

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP2

Darren Rowles, CEO and President of Sona Nanotech – Part II

In this episode Sona CEO and president Darren Rowles is interviewed by Bud Wayne of CEOCFO Magazine. They talk about some of Sona’s recent partnerships and collaborations, the company’s global ambitions, and Sona’s stock market listing.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic

EP1

Darren Rowles, CEO and President of Sona Nanotech – Part I

In this episode Sona CEO and president Darren Rowles is interviewed by Bud Wayne of CEOCFO Magazine. They talk about the focus of Sona’s business, Darren’s day to day roles and responsibilities as CEO, and why Sona’s gold nanorods are unique. Make sure to listen to the next episode for part two of this interview.

Special thanks to Michael Boyd, owner of Podcast Atlantic

Edited by Michael Boyd of Podcast Atlantic