Patrick Coffey

Patrick Coffey
Founder, CEO
IVD Vision

The founder and CEO of IVD Vision, Patrick has worked in the fields of electrical, mechanical, software, optical and systems engineering. He is an accomplished technical manager and leader and has led multiple teams through highly complex projects. Patrick has been developing optical instruments since 1991, and has been in the medical diagnostics field since 2002 and worked under the FDA quality system regulation 21 CFR Part 820 for over 12 years. His technical background is in physics (BS, MA) and engineering (BS) with specializations in instrumentation, optics, microfluidics and systems engineering. He has served as an engineer at the Johnson Space Center, coding algorithms for the International Space Station and spent time working on particle detection at Los Alamos and Brookhaven National Laboratories. Over the last 20 years, he has built multiple fluorescence and visual test readers, from a lifetime fluorometer for detection of anthrax and other pathogens to a complete lab-on-a-chip system for reading cardiovascular markers. In 1998 he began his first company NSTC Inc. that developed and sold micro-well readers for colorimetric assays. In a 2002 partnership he developed the first of its kind lateral flow strip reader based on a palm pilot handheld system and this product family is still on the market. His projects have ranged from the very small to complex multi-million dollar projects where he led a team of scientists and engineers, business developers, and QA individuals to develop a system to measure and report results from multiple assays types, including colorimetric, fluorescence immunoassay, and electrochemical. His understanding of the assay requirements, from the nuances of reading assays to CLSI guidelines is an important component of delivering a medical grade instrument that yields valid results.

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