Patrick Merel

Founder & President, Portable Genomics

Dr. Merel, an expert in molecular diagnostics and an early developer of robotics for the automation of molecular diagnostics from forensics to transplantations, is the founder of Portable Genomics’ technology. Previously, he was with Beckman Coulter, Inc., where he helped start the Nucleic Acid Business Center in San Diego. Dr. Merel has built an extensive background in business development and intelligence, and has worked with major IVD (In Vitro Diagnostics) players in Asia, Europe and the U.S. While at the University Hospital of Bordeaux, Dr. Merel was involved in the Biomedical Innovation Platform where he developed the concept of a wireless genomics platform designed to bring genomic data to professionals and consumers. This concept is now part of Portable Genomics, a digital health startup company developing a mobile technology platform to enable the collection and aggregation of personal health data from medical to genomics, including lifestyle, behavior, and IoT data. He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Bordeaux University.