Executive search firm Toft Group has placed Dr. Ranga Sampath as Chief Scientific Officer at FIND in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Sampath comes to FIND after co-founding the Ibis division of Abbott where he served as the Volwiler Sr. Residential Fellow & Senior Director for 8 years, and where he lead Ibis’ PCR/ESI-MS technology and application development for infectious disease diagnostics. He has 40 United States issued patents and has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Sampath earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.
FIND was established in 2003 as a global non-profit dedicated to accelerating the development, evaluation and delivery of high-quality, affordable diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, sleeping sickness, hepatitis C, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and Buruli ulcer, as well as for fighting antimicrobial resistance and supporting outbreak preparedness. Over the last decade, FIND has partnered in the delivery of 20 new diagnostic tools, including ten for tuberculosis, and created an enabling environment for numerous others through the provision of specimen banks, reagent development and better market visibility. FIND also supports better access to new diagnostics through price negotiations, implementation, quality assurance and lab strengthening work. FIND has over 100 partners globally, including research institutes and laboratories, health ministries and national disease control programmes, commercial partners, bilateral and multilateral organizations, especially WHO, and clinical trial sites.