In the spotlight

Dr Shakoor Malik, Chief Scientific Officer, Pure Health

Automation has moved from “nice to have” for large reference laboratories to “must-have” for any clinical laboratory, according to Dr Shakoor Malik, Chief Scientific Officer, Pure Health. He highlights that the current climate for reimbursements for laboratory testing has only increased the importance of automation, with further reductions that push laboratories to optimise laboratory throughput and staffing to keep up with the increasing demands. Excerpts from the interview.


Denis Andrieu, Vice-President, Commercial Operations, bioMérieux

It is a reported fact that almost every 45 seconds a person dies from an infection caused by bacteria, which have become resistant to antibiotics. According to Denis Andrieu, Vice-President, Commercial Operations, bioMérieux, this is where diagnostic tests play a crucial role and contribute to reducing the improper use of antibiotics and help ensure they remain effective for the treatment of bacterial infections not only in humans but also in animals. He shared that the company takes this fact very seriously and this reflects in its mission, which is to contribute to improve healthcare worldwide and fight against infection. Excerpts from the interview.


Dr. Akram Azmy, Vice President of Commercial Management for Middle East and Africa, Beckman Coulter

Automation is still one of the best laboratory solutions, even in average sized laboratories, as it brings about more efficiency, accuracy and workflow optimisation, shares Dr. Akram Azmy, Vice President of Commercial Management for Middle East and Africa for Beckman Coulter.

Dr. Azmy is a medical doctor who graduated from Ain Shams University, Cairo. He started his career with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) in Kuwait in a sales role in 1989. Over the 25 years he was at J&J, he held numerous roles across the Middle East including Franchise Director, Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Deputy for the region. His last role at J&J was as the Saudi General Manager for the Medical division.