Diagnostic insights from a single drop ofsaliva or blood

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What is Amperial™

Amperial™ is the only diagnostics platform analyzing ultrashort DNA fragments in saliva and blood
Disruptive Technology
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Advantages of Amperial™ diagnostics platform

DNA, RNA and Protein Assays. Saliva, blood, other fluids

No extraction or PCR amplification necessary

Quantitative: rapid ctDNA detection

High-throughput, scalable, and automatable

<100 μL of sample is required
Easy to collect, stable sample life. Remote testing is possible

Novel methodology leads to different and more useful data

Tests a completely different molecule, Ultra-Short DNA. Amperial™ is the only technology to non-invasively detect stages 1 and 2 in Non-small cell lung cancer (NSSLC).

Amperial™ is the only non-invasive test which quantifies antibody levels.

Amperial™ detects autoantibodies directly in the saliva. The only technology capable of identifying >90% of Sjogren’s patients.

Immediately expanding platform development to various indications in: Infectious disease, Oncology, Rheumatology

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Team

Charles Strom

CEO

Richard A. Bender

Chief Medical Officer

Robert Agdern

Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Weisberg

Chief Financial Officer

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Charles Strom

CEO

Dr. Charles (Buck) Strom has been advancing genetic testing for more than 3 decades. After graduating from University of Chicago with a Ph.D. in Biology and an M.D., Dr. Strom completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego and a fellowship in Genetics under the legendary Biochemical Geneticist William Nyhan.

Following completion of his fellowship, Dr. Strom became a faculty member at University of Chicago in the Department of Pediatrics and the Committee on Genetics. In addition to clinical service and teaching, he was awarded multiple research grants to pursue his interest in the genetics of growth disorders. He also taught the Medical School Genetics course.

After leaving the University of Chicago, Dr. Strom moved to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and the Reproductive Genetics Institute where he was the clinical director of Pediatric, Reproductive, and Pediatric Genetics and also the Director of the Genetics Laboratory for RGI. In this capacity he and his partner, Yury Verlinsky, pioneered the field of Preimplantation Genetics and published the first description of a successful preimplantation genetic analysis for a Mendelian Disorder (Cystic Fibrosis). Dr. Strom’s laboratory performed the DNA analysis for the Nash family, the first case of preimplantation genetic diagnosis simultaneously for a genetic disease (Fanconi Anemia) and HLA so that an embryo could be selected to be both free of disease and an HLA match. This enabled the umbilical chord blood to be used for a life-saving bone marrow transplant for Molly, a five year old suffering from Fanconi Anemia.

Also, while at Illinois Masonic Medical center, Dr. Strom pioneered the use of DNA testing for forensic and paternity applications.

Dr. Strom departed Illinois to become the Medical Director for the Genetic Testing at Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute. Under his 16 year tenure, the Genetic Testing Center greatly expanded its test menu and pioneered in developing techniques to perform high through-put genetic testing in an accurate and cost-efficient manner.

After leaving Quest Diagnostics, Dr. Strom discovered the Amperial(tm) technology and has been working closely with its inventor, Dr. David Wong to advance this exciting disruptive technology. Seeing the potential of Amperial(tm) to save lives, Dr. Strom Co-Founded Liquid Diagnostics with 3 long-time friends and colleagues for the sole purpose of advancing this technology.

Buck and Lise, his wife of 46 years, live in San Clemente, California and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren

Richard A. Bender

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Bender received his MD degree from the UCLA School of Medicine followed by specialty training in Internal Medicine at UCLA-Harbor General Hospital and in Medical Oncology/ Hematology at the National Cancer Institute. He spent 25 years in clinical practice the majority spent serving as the Medical Director for Oncology / Hematology for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. In 2002 he transitioned to the diagnostic industry where he has been the Medical Director for Hematology / Oncology for Quest Diagnostics, Inc. and the Chief Medical Officer for both Agendia,Inc. and Signal Genetics, Inc. both molecular diagnostics companies. He has also served on the executive board of the San Diego Hospice and American Cancer Society. He continues to teach at the UCLA School of Medicine, as well as to serve as an expert reviewer in oncology for the Medical Board of California and was recently selected to be a consultant for the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA. Dr. Bender is the author of over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles and numerous book chapters and has been invited to speak all over the world as an expert in oncology diagnostics.

Robert Agdern

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Agdern has a distinguished record of achievement in international law, business and management. He held numerous executive positions with Amoco Corporation including Executive Vice President Natural Gas Amoco Production Company , Deputy General Counsel Amoco Corporation, General Counsel Amoco Production Company and General Counsel Amoco Chemical Company. He served on the worldwide Management Committees of Amoco Chemical Company and Amoco Production Company.

Some major achievements of Mr. Agdern include: co-leading the restructuring of the largest business venture in Papua New Guinea; renegotiating and refinancing the largest business venture in Sharjah; participating as a trial counsel in the largest expropriation case against Iran – achieving a $900 million dollar award paid in full; and developing the largest environmental fraud claim in the United States (Tronox v. Anandarko) – achieving a $5billion award paid in full.

Mr Agdern holds an Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctor degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University, an AMP degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a certificate from the Parker School of International Law at Columbia University.

Jeffrey Weisberg

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Weisberg is a co-founder of our company and provides both CFO and advisory services to Liquid Diagnostics, with a strong laboratory business orientation. Jeff is an accomplished executive with a CPA background and nearly 40 years of financial, operations and leadership experience in various capacities including Founder, Advisor, CEO, President, General Manager and CFO. He has a proven track record of consistently and repeatedly building shareholder value and monetizing that value through mergers and acquisitions.

Recently, Mr. Weisberg completed a 10-month engagement with Q-State Biosciences, a Harvard Medical School affiliated biotechnology company, culminating in a successful Series B raise of $10M and a reverse triangular merger with QnA Dx, a clinical diagnostic company which he co-founded in January 2018.

During the two years prior, Mr. Weisberg served as Strategic Business Advisor and acting CEO, reporting to the Board of Directors of Claritas Genomics, Inc, a laboratory specializing in next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and precision medicine. Claritas developed an orthogonal approach using both Illumina and Life Technology sequencers and became the primary send-out lab for Boston Children’s Hospital.

From March 2014 to November 2015, Jeff served as President of ReproSource, Inc, a diagnostic laboratory providing fertility diagnostics to the country’s leading in vitro fertilization (IVF) centers and recently acquired by Quest Diagnostics.

From 1995 to 2014, Jeff served as General Manager (and previously as CFO) of Athena Diagnostics, Inc, the nationally recognized leader in esoteric neurological testing. Jeff managed the company from its founding through a period of explosive growth and led several ownership changes which included a $740 million sale to Quest Diagnostics in 2010, where the company is now one of its eight primary business units.

 

Prior to joining Athena, Jeff held several positions of increasing responsibility with the “Big Eight” accounting firm of Touche Ross, currently known as Deloitte & Touche. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he graduated first in his class, summa cum laude.