ADVANCING
INFECTIOUS
DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS

01 OUR GOAL

ENSURE THAT EVERYONE
HAS EQUAL ACCESS TO
AFFORDABLE & ACCURATE
INFECTIOUS DISEASE DIAGNOSTICS

Our goal is to advance the infectious disease diagnostics to facilitate our collective response to global health emergencies. To achieve this goal, we develop fast and reliable genotyping and pathogen detection applications for infectious diseases based on our innovative Pan Degenerate Amplification and Adaptation (PANDAA™) platform.

We envision the implementation of affordable and sensitive diagnostic tools to meet the growing clinical needs in the field of infectious diseases. Our high-throughput and low-cost PANDAA™ platform enhances the quality and affordability of infectious disease diagnostics. Using the PANDAA™ technology, we also strive to improve patient access to diagnostic tests in limited-resource countries.

02 OUR TEAM

Aldatu Biosciences was founded in 2014 by Dr. Iain MacLeod and Dr. David Raiser with the aims of advancing infectious disease diagnostics with the PANDAA™ technology and providing easy-to-use, low-cost diagnostic tests in resource-limited areas. Based on the PANDAA™ platform, we have expanded our work to diagnostic applications for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, Lassa fever, and drug-resistant HIV variants. We strive to establish innovative technologies that improve the quality of healthcare and patient outcomes. Our team works closely with our clients, providing support on all aspects of our products and their on-site implementation.

Iain MacLeod LL.M Ph.D

CEO & Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder

Mike Henry

Chief Business Officer

Betsy Wonderly Trainor

VP Development

Larry Carrasco

Director of Operations

Maria Denaro

Technology Specialist

John Rice

Lead Scientist, Assay Development

Namita Wadke

Research Associate

David Raiser

Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder

Iain MacLeod

CEO and Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder

Mike Henry

Chief Business Officer

Marta Fernández Suárez

Marta Fernández Suárez, Ph.D

Diagnostics R&D Expert and Consultant

Dr. Fernández Suárez has over 10 years of scientific and industry experience commercializing scientific technologies for developing markets. Most recently, Marta served as VP of Assay, R&D at Daktari Diagnostics, a HIV diagnostic company, where she developed a complex immunoassay platform designed for point-of-care medical testing. Prior to her role at Daktari, Dr. Fernández Suárez developed a point-of-care diagnostic for tuberculosis as a Postdoctoral Research fellow as Massachusetts General Hospital.

Marta obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and received a B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Institut Quimic de Sarria (Barcelona, Spain).

William Rodriguez

William Rodriguez, M.D.

Managing Director – Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK)

Dr. Rodriguez has been a leader in global health for more than two decades. He is the former founder and CEO of Daktari Diagnostics, an HIV diagnostic company, and is now a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), a global venture philanthropy firm supporting early stage, high impact social enterprises.

Dr. Rodriguez was the former Chief Medical Officer at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), a global NGO that aids in bringing new diagnostic tools to market in resource-limited settings, and from 2003-2007 he served as Chief Medical Officer of the Clinton Foundation, responsible for strategy and market development for global health products and clinical policies and programs.

Dr. Rodriguez held the role of Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School for five years, Research Associate of Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for six years, and was a member of the clinical staff at MGH and at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) for more than a decade. He served as the Chief Medical Resident at BWH following his residency.

Dr. Rodriguez earned his M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a Sc.B. degree in Neural Sciences from Brown University.

Mickey Urdea

Mickey Urdea, Ph.D

Founder & Partner – Halteres Associates

Dr. Urdea is Founder and Partner for Halteres Associates. He also founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of Tethys Bioscience, a proteomics-based diagnostics company that has been involved in the prevention of type-2 diabetes (assets acquired by HDL), and was CEO of Quantum Dots Corporation (assets acquired by Life Technologies).

Additionally, Dr. Urdea is a founder and the Chairman of Catalysis Foundation for Health (CFH), a non-profit organization addressing gaps in global healthcare caused by inefficiencies in disease diagnosis and monitoring; CFH is developing potential biomarkers for tuberculosis bacterial load with a grant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Urdea is a member of the University of California at San Francisco Leadership Council for Global Health. He serves as a consultant to the life sciences industry and is on the scientific advisory boards and boards of directors of a number of biotechnology and diagnostics companies.

Prior to his current activities, Dr. Urdea founded the Nucleic Acid Diagnostics business at Chiron Corporation, where he pioneered viral load assays for the human hepatitis B, hepatitis C and immunodeficiency viruses; his team introduced the first commercial viral load assays for all three viruses. Dr. Urdea also headed the Oncology Diagnostics business unit at Chiron. He then became business head of the Molecular Diagnostics group and Chief Scientific Officer at Bayer Diagnostics. He has served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for over ten years. Dr. Urdea is an author on over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has more than 125 issued and pending patents.

He received his BS in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Arizona University, his PhD in Biochemistry from Washington State University, and had an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California at San Francisco.

Christopher Rowley

Christopher Rowley, M.D. M.Ph

Chris is an infectious disease physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and serves as a consultant for Aldatu’s pathogen detection and drug resistance diagnostic technology.He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health. He works with the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute in Gaborone, Botswana, where he conducts research focused on HIV drug resistance in southern Africa.

Chris earned his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, his MD degree from SUNY Downstate, and a BA in Government/Pre-professional Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

03 CAREERS

CURRENT OPENINGS

We are looking for highly motivated and talented team members to join our team. So if you’ve got the know-how, and humility to improve every day, we’d love to hear from you.

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

    BOSTON, MA

    IN LAB / WORK FROM HOME

  • LEAD SCIENTIST

    BOSTON, MA

    IN LAB / WORK FROM HOME