Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Ernesto Lizardi discuss the following:
- Tell us about Discover Labs and how the company started.
- What services does Discover Labs offer?
- How long does it take to get test results?
- I heard you and the team at Discover provided instrumental testing services to many organizations during the course of the pandemic. Could you give me some highlights?
- Where can clinicians, doctors and nursing homes get more information?
Ernesto Lizardi was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with his bachelor’s in molecular biology with a minor in Chemistry while playing baseball throughout the course of his bachelor's as a First Team All American Catcher and third in the nation in batting average. Later he attended Texas Tech University Health and Science Center and graduated with an Applied Master of Sciences in Molecular Pathology.
After receiving his education, Ernesto Lizardi started working as a Molecular Validation Specialist developing, validating, and implementing new Laboratory Developed Tests for different laboratories to expand their test menus while reducing their cost per test. In January 2020, Ernesto started researching SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) as a possibility for a new test to be implemented in the labs and since then Ernesto has developed, validated, and implemented over eight different SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Assays while also being part of two different Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) submissions.
Now Ernesto Lizardi works at Discover labs helping with the day-to-day clinical testing, new test development, and compliance with CLIA/CAP regulations. Ernesto is currently working on a Laboratory Developed Test for a Respiratory Pathogen Panel with over 33 different targets that will be implemented before the next respiratory season to provide the tools necessary for the physicians to make an accurate diagnosis.