Luminex Forms New Scientific Advisory Board
Luminex’s new scientific advisory board includes renowned experts in molecular diagnostics, bioanalytical research, and protein microarray technology. The board members will guide and participate in Luminex research and development initiatives.

Chairman of the scientific advisory board is James W. Jacobson, PhD, Luminex’s vice president, research and development. The other five founding members of the scientific advisory board are: C. Thomas Caskey, MD, FACP; Ronald Bowsher, PhD; Andrea Ferreira-Gonzalez, PhD; Thomas Joos, PhD; and Gary W. Procop, MD.

Caskey is director, CEO-elect, and COO of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases (IMM) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Bowsher is vice president of LINCO Diagnostic Services Inc; a partner in the data analysis and statistical consulting company, Bowsher Brunelle Smith LLC; and a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prior to joining LINCO Diagnostic Services in 2003, Bowsher spent 30 years at Lilly Research Laboratories.

Ferreira-Gonzales is a professor of pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University and director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Joos is head of the Biochemistry Department of the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Procop is the Cleveland Clinic’s section head, clinical microbiology.

Hindler Receives 2006 Sonnenwirth Award
Janet A. Hindler, senior specialist in the clinical microbiology laboratory at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, has been awarded the 2006 Sonnenwirth Award for Leadership in Clinical Microbiology.

Presented by the American Society for Microbiology (Washington, DC) at its general meeting and sponsored by bioMérieux, the award honors an “exceptional microbiologist who promotes leadership in the field of clinical microbiology” and “who has shown an unparalleled dedication to the ASM, promotion of innovation in clinical laboratory science, and the advancement of clinical microbiology as a profession.”

Hindler, who is particularly interested in antimicrobial susceptibility, has developed educational and training materials with or for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC of Atlanta), the World Health Organization (WHO of Geneva), and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL of Silver Spring, Md) National Laboratory Training Network. She has also served the industry on the Dowdle Commission Report task force (1987) and on the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lecturer Committee, and is a past president of the Southern California Branch of ASM.