Director, Scientific Affairs, Ortho Clinical DiagnosticsBiography
John Backus, Ph.D. is Director, Scientific Affairs, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. John has 20 years of experience in the In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) industry. He has held a variety of scientific / managerial positions at Eastman Kodak, Gen-Probe, Sigma, Veridex, and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, primarily focused on IVD Assay / Technology Development and Clinical Verification and Validation of diagnostic biomarkers to address significant unmet needs in Metabolic Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Acute Care, Oncology, Reproductive Health, and Infectious Disease. John led the development of the first FDA-approved intra-operative molecular cancer diagnostic and has 13 issued U.S. patents, primarily related to nucleic acid purification, amplification, and detection technologies. John received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester. His thesis research focused on elucidation of the RNA sequence elements required for mammalian apoB mRNA editing by the editosome macromolecular complex.