Medical Devices Innovator Joins SFC Fluidics® as Vice President of Research and Development
Dr. Sai Kumar Brings Leadership in Developing Medical Devices to Microfluidics Technology Company
Fayetteville, AR – July 2010 – Dr. Sai Kumar has been named Vice President of Research and Development of SFC Fluidics, LLC. SFC Fluidics is developing leading-edge technological solutions that make clinical diagnostics faster and more economical by miniaturizing lab work and analytical procedures. These technologies center on microfluidic pumping systems and microfluidic applications, which move tiny amounts of fluid to measure chemical properties or deliver medicines.
Dr. Kumar has over twenty years of research and development leadership experience in companies of all sizes. He has spent the last 11 years in biomedical and biotechnology positions, most recently as co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of AccuRx in Atlanta, GA. AccuRx is an ophthalmic drug delivery company developing therapies focused on glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Prior to AccuRx, Kumar directed a team for Ciba Vision/Novatris, also in Georgia, as Head of Materials Science, Global Research. He came to Ciba from Michigan, where he established and successfully ran a biotech startup company focused on nano-bio materials research for niche biomedical applications.
Dr. Kumar's early career was with Amoco, later BP Amoco, in various positions including new product development and commercialization, with several products leading to patents and patentable technologies.
Dr. Kumar has been a National Science Foundation Fellow and University of Massachusetts Research Fellow, and has won awards for Team Excellence and Best New Business Proposal. He has generated and directed both independent and joint grants, is an author of 37 publications, and holds three patents.
SFC Fluidics is developing a number of unique microfluidic devices, among them microfluidic pumps and chips. The company's ePump® product line includes pumps that can fit in a space of less than one square inch, can be made into virtually any shape, and are able to smoothly move fluids in amounts ranging down to one nanoliter. A nanoliter is about 50,000 times smaller than one droplet from an eye dropper.
In addition to selling microfluidic components such as the ePump, SFC Fluidics is developing next generation medical diagnostic platforms based on these innovative technologies such as handheld point-of-care devices for diagnosis of diseases and injuries.