Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Dr. Greg Sommer discuss the following:
- What was the genesis of developing Trak?
- Did you invent it?
- How easy is it to use?
- Can results vary over time?
- What other medical devices have you worked on?
- What does Sandstone Diagnostics specialize in?
- Is there anything else like Trak on the market?
- Do you have other new products on the horizon?
Greg Sommer, PhD is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Sandstone Diagnostics, a Bay Area diagnostic and digital health company developing sophisticated connected wellness products that allow consumers to measure, monitor, and improve key health markers at home. Sandstone's Trak® Male Fertility Testing System allows men to measure, track, and improve sperm count at home to boost a couple's chances of conception.
Dr. Sommer was recognized as a 2015 Bay Area "40 Under 40" by Diablo Magazine and has won numerous entrepreneurial competitions including the 2017 MedCity Invest Pitch Competition, 2016 Molecular Med Tri-Con Swimming with the Sharks Competition, the 2015 UPS X-Port Challenge, and the 2013 Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge. Sandstone was also named a 2014 "Most Innovative Life Science Company" by the San Francisco Business Times.
Prior to founding Sandstone, Dr. Sommer was a Senior Research Scientist at Sandia National Laboratories where he led R&D in point-of-care diagnostic technologies for biodefense and emergency preparedness applications, most notably the Sandia SpinDx system.
He is a co-inventor on 18 patents in microfluidic and clinical diagnostic technologies, has secured $6M+ in research grants as Principal Investigator for NIH, DOE, USDA, and DOD projects, and co-authored 11 peer-reviewed publications.
A North Dakota native, Dr. Sommer received his PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and BS from Iowa State University.