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About IS-Diagnostics

IS-Diagnostics is a young company focusing on a new generation of clinical diagnostics. We combine cutting-edge IT solutions with innovative chemistry to fully characterize human and product-related microbiota.

At IS-Diagnostics, we developed a straightforward method to profile the bacterial microflora on all parts of the human body and we are discovering its connection to our health. Our proprietary technique, IS-pro™, enables us to reliably characterize complex communities of bacteria. The high level of standardisation of the entire process combined with a novel of internal control guarantees highly accurate results.

Our mission

IS-Diagnostics strives to redefine clinical microbiology, guiding clinicians towards the future of microbial detection and characterization. We are committed to translating the latest advances on microbiome research into fast and standardized diagnostic assays to empower researchers and clinicians all around the world, today.

Our vision

IS-Diagnostics is setting the standards of an entirely new approach to clinical microbiology. At IS-Diagnostics, we envision a world in which all microbial pathogens, including those that are uncultivable or unknown, can be rapidly detected by their DNA. Ultimately, we aim to completely replace culture-based assays in clinical diagnostics. By characterizing all bacteria in human samples and not just restricting ourselves to focusing on known pathogens, we aim to offer a completely new means of clinical diagnostics;

Diagnostics in which we do not confine our efforts to identify specific bacteria as agents of disease, but in which we characterize all our bacterial partners to define health. This new approach in clinical microbiology will completely redefine the role of the microbiological laboratory in healthcare: from retrospective detection of pathogens which have already caused disease towards prospective monitoring of health to prevent diseases from occurring.

Management team

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Dries Budding M.D PhD

CEO

Dries is one of the founders of IS-Diagnostics. He is interested in translating fundamental research to new clinical applications, particularly in the field of molecular bacteriology. Besides his work in IS-diagnostics, Dries is also attached to the VU University medical center as a clinical microbiologist. He is involved in initiating various innovative projects for the department and in educating future clinical microbiologists, medical students and PhD students. Dries is in charge of the ISD team were he specializes in developing new IS-pro™ applications.

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Prof. dr. Paul H.M. Savelkoul

CSO

Paul H.M. Savelkoul is one of the founders of IS-Diagnostics. He holds a position as professor of medical microbiology at the Maastricht University Medical Center and at the VU medical center Amsterdam. His expertise in research focusses on molecular diagnostics, detection and typing of pathogenic micro-organisms and molecular epidemiology. Furthermore, Paul is chairman of the European Study Group on Molecular Diagnostics (ESGMD) and head of the section microbial typing (KNVM). Paul published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, 7 chapters of international textbooks and holds a number of patents. Besides this, he is one of the founders of the formal training program for molecular medical microbiologists and organizes various post academic courses.

Sales team

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June van der Werf

Sales Manager

June van der Werf graduated IBL (International Business and Languages) in June 2017 at the International Business School of Amsterdam. June lived in South Africa when doing a minor for her studies at the University of the Free State. Moreover, she stayed in Malta for a Cambridge Course in English. For her internship she worked at a civil law and tax consultancy agency in the Netherlands, her focus was on marketing. In 2017 she started her thesis with the focus on an entry strategy for the introduction of CeliaSCAN into the Spanish healthcare market. After finishing her thesis she started working for TubaScan, Microbiome and IS-Diagnostics as Sales manager. Lastly, she is also CEO of Thuistesten, a web shop selling home tests for the detection of several STD’s.

Technical team

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Linda Poort

Senior Research Technician

I am working with the IS-pro™ method since 2008 and am employed by IS-Diagnostics since May 2014. I like the work at IS-Diagnostics because of the different projects and with this the challenge of visualizing data in the best way every time. With our ISD team, we are responsible for customer contacts, we improve and maintain laboratory workflow including quality control, optimize protocols and introduce people to the IS-pro™ technique. Working with this small growing company is interesting because organizational decisions are constantly being taken. This allows the complete ISD-team to give input and by this improving our work on a constant basis. All together IS-pro™ offers a young and challenging work environment with many opportunities.

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Malieka van der Lugt-Degen

Research Technician

In 2012 I graduated as a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Utrecht. While writing down my thesis, I performed research with the IS-pro™ technology. I started my career as a Research Technician, but over the years I performed a variety of tasks at different departments in the company. Seeing a small business growing and developing new products and introducing them on the market is very instructive. The good relations with colleagues, both at work and outside work, create a pleasant working atmosphere. Everyone is open to new ideas and initiatives, therefore we can achieve a higher level. In a nutshell, IS-Diagnostics Ltd. offers me a responsible, pleasurable and challenging place to work!

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Suzanne Jeleniewski

Research Technician

Like Malieka, I have also done my education at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht and did my thesis project with IS-pro™. I have learned a lot during the project and it is great that I could continue working at IS-Diagnostics as a Research Technician after my graduation, so that I can develop myself even more. I am working on the development and quality control of the IS-pro™ assay. What I like about working here is that the work is diverse and that there is room for personal initiative.  I also find it important to have a good working atmosphere, which is definitely the case at IS-Diagnostics.

Collaborators

  • microbiome
  • tubascan
  • amphia
  • clinicageno
  • artpred
  • vu
  • winclove
  • azdelta
  • testingathome
  • maastricht umc
  • bravis
  • amc