Humedics appoints Erwin de Buijzer as managing director for marketing and sales
Erwin de Buijzer is a seasoned Healthcare manager with significant experience in medical marketing and strategy. He held various positions at Eurotransplant and the Dutch Transplant Foundation, as well as in medical marketing at Abbott Laboratories and Nutrica Advanced Medical Nutrition as Medical Director. Before his industry career he worked as a medical doctor in the ICU and in surgery. He received his Medical Doctor degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and has an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.
“We are very pleased that Erwin has joined the management team of Humedics”, said Klaus Stoeckemann, Chairman of Humedics’ board and Managing Director at Peppermint VenturePartners. He brings the relevant skills and spirit to the founder team allowing to accomplishing the finalization of the FLIPTM device, the development of 13C-Methacetin and making the LiMAxTM test the standard of care in liver diagnostics”.
Humedics has developed a breath test based in vivo diagnostic system (the LiMAx® test), which comprises a CE-marked medical device, breathing masks and a diagnostic drug. The LiMAx® test enables the clinician to quantitatively determine the individual liver function capacity of a patient within minutes. This allows for selection of treatment strategies and disease monitoring optimally adapted to the individual patients’ liver status. Current clinical applications, studies of which have already been published in highly respected peer-reviewed scientific journals, include diagnosis of the liver function before and after liver transplantation, liver surgery planning (e.g. assessment of the amount of liver to be resected without potentially increasing the risk of acute liver failure) and assessment of diseases such as liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Over 20 trials in new indications such as the diagnosis of chronic liver diseases like non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and the improvement of treatment decisions in liver oncology are ongoing. These investigator initiated trials impressively demonstrate the further potential of the LiMAx® test. The LiMAx® test is already being used in over 30 top-tier university clinics across Europe and more than 20,000 tests have already been performed. The LiMAx® test is commercially available in Germany, Austria and the UK.
Based on the specific metabolic action of the liver enzyme CYP1A2, which is expressed in all functioning hepatocytes, performing the LiMAx® test is a simple procedure. The diagnostic drug solution is administered intravenously, and the liver immediately starts to metabolize the drug into low dose paracetamol and 13CO2 (non-radioactive). The latter is exhaled in the breath, collected via a respiratory mask and guided to the LiMAx® system where, within 1-2 minutes following the injection, the LiMAx® IR laser spectroscopy system allows real-time and very precise quantification of the increase in 13CO2 content. The resulting LiMAx® value, measured in micrograms per kilo body weight per hour, is a reliable and repeatable measure of the maximum functional capacity of the liver.
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