Career Lessons — From the IVD Industry to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



2014 Diagnostics by Design Workshop Day

Hosted by the PoCDx IdeaLab ( Tekla Labs ( and the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (

“Career Lesons — From the IVD Industry to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation”
Jim Gallarda, Senior Program Officer, Diagnostics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Talk abstract:
In this one hour overview Jim Gallarda will discuss & compare his experiences while at Abbott and Roche working on infectious disease diagnostics, to those he had while working in oncology companion diagnostics at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, to his current role as a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Formal IVD development processes will be emphasized, with a comparison of for-profit industry vs. not-for-profit NGOs (such as the Foundation), along with a few professional “life lessons” he wish he had learned much earlier.

About the DxD Workshop:
The Diagnostics by Design workshop is an interdisciplinary forum for discussing the challenges and lessons learned in developing and implementing global health technologies, specifically at the point of care. Through interactive talks, a panel discussion with experts from industry and academia, and a hands-on build session, workshop participants will explore the challenges associated with translating technologies beyond the lab.

Funding provided by the Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (

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