Technical Webinar: Engineers fighting COVID-19 and infectious diseases - development of an automated diagnostic system
Hong Kong is frequently posed with pandemic threats from a wide variety of respiratory diseases with newly emerging and contagious viral pathogens. The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has again given a real case scenario to the general public and the world how catastrophic the impacts a pandemic can bring. Pandemic will repeatedly pose threat to the community. Every time, it would cause numerous deaths and tremendous pressure on the public healthcare system. Engineers can contribute their part and provide solutions. One aspect is the development of rapid diagnostic systems. Such a system would be useful for frontline medical practitioners to quickly detect the pathogens and make the most appropriate decision for the patients: whether to provide a treatment or whether a patient requires hospitalization or isolation.
This talk will discuss the development of a rapid diagnostic system in Hong Kong. Initiated by the Respiratory Virus Research Foundation, the system has been tested in various clinical evaluation, and is currently transitioning to the mass production phase. In this talk, the speakers will share their experience in the system development, highlighting the technical innovation as well as challenges.
Dr. Parker Tsang is Associate Director of Engineering in Emerging Viral Diagnostics (HK) Limited. He is a key project member in the development of a rapid diagnostic system at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His R&D interests include medical devices, SpineScan3D, microfluidics, and prototype building. He has also served as an engineer in Siemens Diagnostics (HK) Limited. Dr. Tsang received his B.Eng. followed by Ph.D. from the Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and M.Sc. in biotechnology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Sunny Chu is experienced in project management and new product development. He received B.Eng. and MPhil. in Electronic Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since graduation, he has been focusing on biomedical product development. Mr. Chu has developed different medical related devices in different institutes and private companies, including the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI). He was also involved in the development of diagnostics devices in three different molecular diagnostics companies in Hong Kong. Currently, he is the Associate Director of Engineering in Emerging Viral Diagnostics (HK) Limited.
23 Apr 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hong Kong Local Network
Organized by: Electronics and Communications Section Committee, IET Hong Kong
Venue: Online Webinar (Zoom link will be sent by email after registration)
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