MPHARM 287 Seminar > Gary Lazar & Fang Wei

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2015
  • 1:00-3:00 pm
  • BSRB room 154
  • 12-077 Ctr For Health Sciences
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095

Join the Business of Science Center on April 7th, 2015 in the Biomedical Science Research Library room 154 at 1:00 pm. We will have Gary Lazar, MD and Fang Wei, PhD, as our guest speakers. Dr. Lazar will share his experiences on “From Here to There: a Path from MD to CEO”. Dr. Wei will be presenting her technology, A Strip Test for Melamine Detection.

1:00 – 1:30 pm – Roy Doumani
1:30 – 2:00 pm – Dr. Fang Wei
2:00 – 3:00 pm – Gary Lazar

Gary Lazar, MD is President and CEO of Paganini Biopharma, Inc., a start-up company with a unique antibody therapeutic for triple negative breast cancer.  He is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in management, serving on boards of directors of public and private companies, and investing in private life science companies.  Prior to joining Paganini, Gary headed the life science investing activity for DE Shaw Ventures, a stage agnostic venture capital fund, where his investment focus was early stage therapeutic medical devices and biopharmaceutical companies.  He is an Oncologist/Hematologist.

Fang Wei, PhD is a Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine. Dr. Wei’s research is currently focused on the real-time non-invasive monitoring of oncogenic mutations in human cancer patients by Electric Field Induced Release and Measurement (EFIRM). EFIRM is a multiplexing electrochemical sensor that integrates exosome isolation with on-chip exosomal biomarker release and measurement, and can detect and monitor progressive oncogene mutations in human cancer patients, in both circulatory and salivary exosomes. Specifically,Wei‘s lab is studying human EGFR mutations in lung cancer patients, and the preliminary research shows EFIRM technology can accurately detect two common EGFR mutations in paired malignant pleural effusion (MPE) and saliva exosome.

A Strip Test for Melamine Detection

The Wei Lab at the UCLA School of Dentistry has developed a non-antibody based test strip to detect melamine. By simply dipping the test strip directly in the sample, melamine contamination will result in two visible lines while samples without melamine will only result in one visible line. The entire process only takes a few minutes and does not require any equipment or complicated data analysis.

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