Manohar Furtado is a Director for R & D at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He has been working in the Life Sciences & Clinical Diagnostics for over 25 years. He has a PhD in Biology from the University of Poona and a Business Certification from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Dr. Furtado worked as an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases & Pathology, the Director for Biotechnology, and the CLIA lab Director. He was with Applied Biosystems and Life Technologies in R & D for 13 years. He was on the National Biodefense Science Board at DHHS to implement bio surveillance policies. He has been involved in discovery research, clinical diagnostic testing, product development and commercialization, M & A activity with key acquisitions, fund raising and in defining strategy. He has been the recipient of several grants from funding agencies, has over 90 publications, and has presented at over 200 conferences on various topics related to human health and safety.