New colleagues

EMPE Diagnostics is growing and we would like to give a warm welcome to some new employees.

David Herthnek (CSO) holds a MSc in Biotechnology from Linköping University and completed his PhD in Molecular Biology on diagnostic method development at the Swedish National Veterinary Institute. David started his career as a researcher and worked for seven years at Uppsala University and Stockholm University, exploring the field of padlock probes for IVD (in vitro diagnostics) development for clinical applications.  David has extensive experience of handling various national and international projects and contributed in the development of automated instruments. Together with the founders of EMPE Diagnostics, David has co-authored the research article of combining padlock probe-dependent rolling circle amplification and sensitive lateral flow technology for the detection of multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), which is the core idea of the company. For four years, he has gained experience from the IVD industry in the position as Technical Project Lead for NPI (New Product Introduction) projects at Cepheid, a globally leading developer of fully automated molecular tests and instruments. There, he led the development of HIV tests from concept to launch of WHO-endorsed CE-IVD products. David brings his industrial regulatory experience combined with scientific project management skills to EMPE.

Dr. Gayathri Ramasubban completed her PhD on “Molecular Techniques in the Identification of MDR-TB and Diagnosis of Tuberculosis” at L&T Microbiology Research Centre, Vision Research Foundation (VRF), Chennai, India affiliated to BITS, Pilani, Rajasthan, India. She continued to work in VRF as Post Doc and Assistant Professor focusing on whole genome sequencing of M. tuberculosis. She later worked as a Microbiologist under Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND) at Intermediate Reference Laboratory, Chennai, India and at the Apollo hospitals, Chennai as a Molecular Biologist focusing on detection of molecular markers for solid tumors and myeloid malignancy using NGS. She has to her credit 23 publications and 1 chapter in a book in National and International Journals. Her main research interest is developing point of care diagnostic tools for the rapid detection of infectious agents.

Vasim Ahmad (PhD) is a Senior Scientist at EMPE Diagnostics India since November 2019. After obtaining a PhD in Microbiology on detection of XDR-TB among MDR-TB suspects from Intermediate reference laboratory, New Delhi, India, he had extensive experience in diagnosis and drug resistance detection of TB. Having gained experience in performing validation of different WHO approved TB diagnosis test, Vasim is a certified internal auditor for medical laboratories as per NABL (15189:2012). Vasim is actively involved in planning, implementation, execution of performance/ clinical validation of EMPE diagnostics products.

Magala Thyagaraju (Facility Manager) started his career as an electrician at Amara Raja Batteries Limited, which is the technology leader and one of the largest manufacturers of lead-acid batteries for both industrial and automotive applications in the Indian storage battery industry. Later, he worked as engineer at several companies and took incharge in planning and building 400/220 kV substations following the government norms. Being the facility manager at EMPE, Thyagaraju takes the responsibility to supervise the construction of the manufacturing facility, installation of electricity supplies and assists in day-to-day operations at the production plant.

Dr. Amruta Appala is an Oral Pathologist by profession having graduated from Panineeya Mahavidyalaya Institute of Dental Sciences & Research Centre Hyderabad and worked as a Medical Content Writer. She has two publications to her credit and conducted research on oral cancer and role of oral bacteria in cardiovascular patients and also presented scientific papers and posters on various topics.

With multiple years of experience working with administration and HR, Therese Reisenbichler started working at EMPE Diagnostics in February 2020, handling all administrative processes and managing the facility and office area. Therese also has a good eye for graphics and are handling EMPE´s IT-systems and provides support with marketing and presentations.

We welcome everybody to our team and are looking forward to our work together!