DTW Podcast: CEO Petrovic explains how Insulet is switching people to `Pods

Insulet CEO Shacey Petrovic says she didn’t jump immediately at the chance to join the company.

In an interview with the DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, Petrovic, who was serving as CEO of a women’s health company when CEO-Patrick Sullivan, her former boss at Cytyc, called her with an offer to serve as Insulet’s chief commercial officer

“I said, `Well, Pat, I’m a CEO now, you know, didn’t you hear?,” she joked.

A  chief commercial officer role might be seen as a backward step from CEO, but Sullivan framed the question differently. He told Petrovic that he came out of retirement to take the CEO role and didn’t want to a long stint as CEO. “He said, `This could be your opportunity to eventually run a public company. If it goes well, I need a successor, the technology is remarkable, and together we can fix this problem.’”

A path the CEO role at a publicly traded company was certainly appealing. But Petrovic had more personal reason for the jo…

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T-cell antibody COVID-19 test gains FDA EUA

The FDA recently announced that it issued an emergency use authorization for the Adaptive Biotechnologies T-Detect COVID test.

The T-Detect COVID-19 test is a sequencing-based test that identifies people with an adaptive T cell immune response to SARS-CoV-2, which can indicate recent or past infection with the coronavirus.

“Today’s authorization further underscores the FDA’s commitment to innovation in test development,” Jeff Shuren, director of the FDA center for devices and radiological health, said in a news release. “The T-Detect COVID Test is a novel technology that assesses the T cell immune response to COVID-19. Information and scientific data that deepen our understanding of SARS-CoV-2 remain important keys to get ahead of this global pandemic.”

The test works by analyzing DNA sequences from T cells to aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive T cell immune response to SARS-CoV-2. A positive result indicates a recent or prior infection and …

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