OCT 17, 2013 12:00 PM PDT

Biomarkers & Dx test development

  • Chief Scientific Officer, Bioscale
      Dr. Latterich has nearly 20 years of academic and commercial and leadership experience and features an accomplished research career focused on the proteomics-based discovery of novel biomarkers in oncology, respiratory disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Martin is currently CSO at BioScale, a Lexington, MA, based biotechnology corporation commercializing a novel acoustic biomarker quantification platform. Most recently Martin served as a Professor at the Proteogenomics Research Institute for Systems Medicine in San Diego, where his laboratory used proteomics and genomics to discover novel biomarkers of cancer and degenerative disease though a systems biology approach that includes proteomics. He is also the CSO, co-founder and a board member for the non-profit Nicholas Conor Institute for Pediatric Cancer Research. Martin's work at the institute included designing new technologies to enable the better treatment of children with cancer, using personalized medicine technology to match their unique genetic make-up and tumor physiology to available treatment options. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Montreal, McGill University and the Salk Institute. His grant-funded work has been recognized by the 2003 Tier I Canada Research Chair, the 1998 Pew Scholar Award and the 1997 Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Award. Dr. Latterich also held senior management positions at several biotechnology companies, including Diversa and Illumina, where he headed the proteomics initiatives. He has made significant contributions to the field of cell biology, clinical biomarker discovery, proteomics and genomics. Among his recent discoveries are biomarkers for cancer, respiratory disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Dr Latterich has edited one book on RNAi, is author on over 34 publications in leading scientific journals and is listed on numerous patent applications. Martin is Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Proteome Science. He has served on several national and international study sections. He was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cell biology in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Schekman at the HHMI and University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Latterich earned his Ph.D. in cell biology and a B.Sc. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Durham University, U.K.


    The discovery of proteinaceous disease biomarkers and their clinical validation is critically important for the enablement of molecular diagnostics and ultimately, precision medicine. In spite of the importance of biomarkers, research done in the last two decades has yielded limited success in enhancing the repertoire of protein biomarkers of disease. This apparent dichotomy is in large part due to the fact that the process from discovery to validation is complex and involves a multidisciplinary collaboration across clinical, biochemical and biophysical disciplines and that that many initiatives sought to identify unique markers for a given disease with perfect correlation. Recent advances in better biomarker discovery strategies, clinical sampling and sample storage, better sample preparation methods that consider the inherent instabilities associated with clinical specimens, better discovery methods and analytical instrumentation suited for assay validation and clinical assays together promise to generate better panel tests for disease biomarkers of clinical significance.

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