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A new era of diagnostics for everyone.

A new era of diagnostics for everyone.

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Vax-Immune is the innovative company that brought LabReady to life.

Vax-Immune is the innovative company that brought LabReady to life.

Vax-Immune Diagnostics is a healthcare technology company that has built the world’s first and only full-integrated specimen enrichment transport system, LabReady, to help the medical community quickly and more accurately detect infectious diseases.

OUR NORTH STAR

Combatting misdiagnosis by revolutionizing how patients’ samples are treated, transported, and diagnosed.

Combatting misdiagnosis by revolutionizing how patients’ samples are treated, transported, and diagnosed.

Lab Ready About | We Believe

We Believe

We Believe

  • Specimens are living organisms.
    We must stop treating them like trash.
  • Specimen transport is the broken link in the medical chain. 
    Fixing it will save lives.
  • Today’s patients deserve fast, accurate diagnostics.

Lab Ready About | Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect patients from the dangers and costs of misdiagnosis by giving physicians and microbiology labs a safer, smarter, and more economical way to treat patients’ samples
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Lab Ready About | Our Mission
Lab Ready About | Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Vax-Immune was founded by Leonard E. Weisman, MD, neonatal physician, researcher, and inventor who served as the former Chief of the Newborn Center at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Housed in the world’s largest medical center, Vax-Immune is part of the Texas Medical Center Accelerator (TMCx) and has been a resident company at JLABS in Houston since 2017.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Our team brings together decades of expertise in women’s health, neonatal infectious disease, and diagnostics.

Our team brings together decades of expertise in women’s health, neonatal infectious disease, and diagnostics.

Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Lab Ready Team | Leonard E. Weisman, M.D. | CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Leonard E. Weisman, M.D.
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Leonard (Lenny) founded Vax-Immune in 2015 with a vision to innovate how we diagnose infectious diseases. As a neonatologist for 40 years, Lenny watched babies die due to misdiagnosis and after realizing that the problem lay in the way samples were being transported, “retired" to develop the first specimen transport system with specimen multiplier technology, eliminating the need for traditional transport and preventing misdiagnosis.
 
The son of Holocaust survivors, Lenny was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, came to America and went on to graduate from West Point. After completing Airborne, Ranger and Air Defense Artillery schools, he served 24 years in the Army as an academic neonatologist, where he discovered and developed the breakthrough drug for Medimmune, which sold to Astra Zeneca for $15B. After retiring from the Army, Lenny joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine where he served as the Chief, Newborn Service, Texas Children’s Hospital, where his vision to build a women’s hospital became the Women’s Pavilion. While at TCH, he spearheaded the birth and care of the world’s first surviving set of octuplets and was featured in The New York Times, CNN, Today Show and in the international media.
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Lab Ready Team |  Tom Lagatta | VP, SALES
Tom Lagatta
VP, SALES
Tom Lagatta is the Vice President of Sales for Vax-Immune Diagnostics and is responsible for driving channel sales for LabReady. Tom is a seasoned Sales, Marketing, and Operational leader with over 33 years of experience managing sales teams across diverse industries such as technology, manufacturing, and healthcare. 

Tom’s impressive track record includes managing sales teams of 700 employees and driving new revenue for high growth companies utilizing his strong business development acumen. 

Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with degrees in Electrical Engineering, and currently resides in Southern California. In his free time, Tom can be found perfecting his golf game or relaxing with his ukulele.
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Lab Ready Team | Gaylynn Thomas, RN, BSN | DIRECTOR, BUSINESS STRATEGY
Gaylynn Thomas, RN, BSN
DIRECTOR, BUSINESS STRATEGY
Gaylynn is Vax-Immune’s Business Strategist. She is a nursing expert and entrepreneur who developed a successful home healthcare business specializing in high-risk related pregnancies. During 16-year tenure, she grew the company to a marketplace leader by providing high quality patient care as well as updated information and thought leadership to the OB/GYN and insurance payor communities in key areas such as upcoming drug therapies, FDA regulation changes and legislative changes related to Obstetrics and women's health. 
 
She led the successful acquisition of the company by a reputable, internationally known company, Walgreens/Option Care. She currently provides guidance and leadership to various organizations in both healthcare innovation and the nonprofit sector. Gaylynn is an active Board Member for both March of Dimes, Texas and the Houston Chamber Music Series, Musica Tra Amici.
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Lab Ready Team | Sarah Ihle, MBA | MANAGER, SUPPLY CHAIN
Sarah Ihle, MBA
MANAGER, SUPPLY CHAIN
Sarah has several years of experience in supply chain management and manufacturing.  She has successfully led numerous projects with global vendor partners from development stages, clinical trials, through commercialization that met stakeholder timelines and budget requirements.  

 She is an excellent fit with Vax-Immune Diagnostics due to being exposed to class II and III medical device startups.
 
Most of her tenure has been focused on product quality, manufacturing throughput and process optimization as she was a centralized stakeholder between quality, engineering, and manufacturing teams. A few of her accomplishments include spearheading the implementation of a QMS per ISO9001 requirements and maintaining a ISO13485 quality system without audit observations, successfully investigated non-conformances and implemented CAPAs with accelerated schedule constraints, vertically integrated vendors from 17 vendors in 3 continents to 4 vendors in 2 continents, and reducing BOM costs by 9%.    
 
 Certifications include: 
·       BSc in Mechanical Engineering
·       Masters’ of Business Administration
·       Project Management Professional
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Lab Ready Team | Sushrut Arora, Ph.D. | SENIOR SCIENTIST
Sushrut Arora, Ph.D.
SENIOR SCIENTIST
Sushrut holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Diagnostics, 30 publications and 35+ presentations, and has worked with Lenny since 2014 at Baylor College of Medicine.

He has degrees in Veterinary Medicine, and a master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health.  His post-doctoral work was on developing diagnostics and vaccines for bacterial pathogens. Combined he has over 15 years of experience in clinical microbiology and diagnostic development.

And he has been involved with LabReady since its infancy, working with Dr. Weisman, leading the lab’s testing of the device, and leading the testing of pipeline LabReady products such as My LabReadyTM and GoToLabReadyTM.

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Lab Ready Team | Eileen Weisman | CHIEF, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Eileen Weisman
CHIEF, ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Eileen is Chief, Administrative Services at Vax-Immune Diagnostics. She is a communication strategist by trade and uses her skills to ensure all elements of the company work together to produce intended outcomes.

Her direct responsibilities include day to day overseeing accounting operations, marketing communications, customer success, and human resources.

Prior to joining Vax-Immune Diagnostics, Eileen held various management positions at the headquarters for Marriott International, the largest global lodging company, delivering various communication initiatives for the hospitality giant. She is active in her community, having served as chair, Board of Directors at Holocaust Museum Houston, and president, Business and Professional Women's Group, at the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.
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Lab Ready Team | Alison Altenberg | CUSTOMER SUCCESS
Alison Altenberg
CUSTOMER SUCCESS
 Alison is the Administrative and Customer Success Manager of Vax-Immune Diagnostics. Alison is responsible for Customer Success and is dedicated to helping customers leverage Vax-Immune Diagnostic’s assets to produce profitable and successful outcomes. She also supports and coordinates all Administrative Activities to ensure operational success across departments. 

Alison’s experience includes award-winning sales leadership in pharmaceutical sales and corporate communications utilities. She has earned numerous distinctive sales achievement awards during her tenure with Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Solvay Pharmaceuticals and Intermedia Communications. 

Outside of Vax-Immune, Alison enjoys practicing Pilates and spending time with her family, pets and friends. 
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Lab Ready Team | Jack Smith | DIRECTOR, SALES
Jack Smith
DIRECTOR, SALES
Jack is Director of Sales for Vax-Immune Diagnostics and is responsible for driving new sales channels for LabReady. Jack joined Vax-Immune in July 2020 and brings over 20 years of experience of laboratory medicine sales leadership. Jack has built a strong foundation in laboratory management and sales through his professional experiences. 

Jack has held prestigious titles during his tenure in healthcare sales including Regional Vice President of Sales at Coronis Health and Vice President of Revenue at Bio-Reference. Jack’s exceptional business acumen partnered with his laboratory background are an integral asset to LabReady’s successful growth efforts.

Jack earned his bachelor’s degree from Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) in Criminal Justice and served in the US Army as an Intelligence Officer before leaving for the private sector.
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Board Of Directors

Board Of Directors

Lab Ready Team | Leonard E. Weisman, M.D. | CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Leonard E. Weisman, M.D.
CO-FOUNDER & CTO
Leonard (Lenny) founded Vax-Immune in 2015 with a vision to innovate how we diagnose infectious diseases. As a neonatologist for 40 years, Lenny watched babies die due to misdiagnosis and after realizing that the problem lay in the way samples were being transported, “retired" to develop the first specimen transport system with specimen multiplier technology, eliminating the need for traditional transport and preventing misdiagnosis.
 
The son of Holocaust survivors, Lenny was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany, came to America and went on to graduate from West Point. After completing Airborne, Ranger and Air Defense Artillery schools, he served 24 years in the Army as an academic neonatologist, where he discovered and developed the breakthrough drug for Medimmune, which sold to Astra Zeneca for $15B. After retiring from the Army, Lenny joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine where he served as the Chief, Newborn Service, Texas Children’s Hospital, where his vision to build a women’s hospital became the Women’s Pavilion. While at TCH, he spearheaded the birth and care of the world’s first surviving set of octuplets and was featured in The New York Times, CNN, Today Show and in the international media.

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Lab Ready Team | Irwin Scher, M.D. | BOARD CHAIRMAN
Irwin Scher, M.D.
BOARD CHAIRMAN
Dr. Scher led Vax-Immune’s pre-seed and co-led its seed round.  He is Chairman and a Founder of Opertech Bio, a Philadelphia-based company that quantitatively measures taste in human subjects. Dr. Scher also serves on the board of Itarcia Therapeutics, a Boston-based company that has raised over $1B and has submitted an NDA for a GLP-1 delivery system to treat diabetes.  Additionally, he is a member of the board of Cognition Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based company that has a Phase-2 candidate in clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Scher received his M.D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Rheumatology, and the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.

Following his medical training, Dr. Scher entered the Navy and attained the rank of Captain, USN Medical Corp. While serving in the military, Dr. Scher was a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland, and head, Immunology Branch, Naval Medical Research Institute.

He served as CEO of Biosynexus where he worked with Lenny on global research initiatives in the infectious disease space.

BioSynexus was acquired for $120M.
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Lab Ready Team | Chantell Preston, MBA | BOARD MEMBER
Chantell Preston, MBA
BOARD MEMBER
Chantell Preston is a seasoned professional with 20+ years’ experience in healthcare and in the healthcare innovation ecosystem as an investor, advisor, and strategist. Chantell has a successful track record of taking companies from concept to exit; most recently as a founder and Chief Development Officer of Mentis Neuro Health.

Currently, Chantell is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Facilities Management Group (FMG), operating multiple healthcare facilities throughout Texas and Nevada. In addition to her role at FMG, Chantell serves as a lead partner for the Portfolia Active Aging and Longevity Fund.

She has served and serves on many boards, acting as a strategic advisor to companies in the healthcare space. Chantell helps companies advance their mission through strategic growth and improved profitability. In fact, Vax-Immune met Chantell when we were a part of the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute.

Chantell graduated from Texas A&M University and has a Master of Business Administration. She also actively advocates for local charities. We are excited to have Chantell on the Vax-Immune Diagnostics team.
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Lab Ready Team | David Allred | BOARD MEMBER
David Allred
BOARD MEMBER
David Allred (Dave) specializes in developing and marketing commercial and industrial properties in California, Arizona, and Texas.  

As president of Douglass Allred Company, Dave oversees a wide range of day-to-day operations and processes from site acquisition and commercial development to project financing, leasing, and marketing.   Building highly specialized teams for each project, his leadership results in a high level of involvement with City Economic Development teams and various industry leaders.  Dave currently serves on the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Board of Visitors. He is co-chairman of the San Diego Police Officers Widows and Orphans Charity Fund, and is an active member of the Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.  

He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Southern California.
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Looking to join the LabReady team?

Looking to join the LabReady team?

We currently have two open positions for our team based in Houston, Texas.
 
Manager, Quality Assurance 
Manager, Clinical Research 

We welcome all applications from qualified individuals.

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