Reclone Symposium 4: Advocacy for Diagnostics Innovation and Local Production

Time (GMT) Session Speaker
14:00 Welcome
14:10 Policy and advocacy for local manufacturing and diagnostics: a scientist perspective Dr Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge
Lightning Presentations
Speakers from the Reclone Community
Breakout Option 1: Creative strategies for advocating for access to medicines on university campuses Merith Basey, Executive Director, North America Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

Breakout Option 2: Advocating for global health policy that promotes local manufacturing Sharonann Lynch, Senior Scholar, Global Health Policy & Politics Initiative, O'Neill Institute, Georgetown University & Senior Visiting Fellow, Yale Global Health Justice Partnership
15:40 Post Breakout reflection
15:45 Break
15:50 Mechanisms for funding and supporting local production of diagnostics: experiences from Latin America

Gabriela Delgado, Deputy director of the Public Health Laboratory - Bogotá Health Secretariat (Secretaría de Salud de Bogotá)

Marcela Mercado, Director of Public Health Research at the National Institute of Health in Colombia

Natalia Meza, Bio-business Specialist - BIOFIN, UNDP

Closing Remarks
Regional Networking

Africa Breakout Room

Asia Breakout Room

Latin America Breakout Room


The links to Parts 1&2 of the Symposium recordings and the notes from the breakout rooms can be found below! The recording links are within the Keynote sessions.
Time (GMT) Session Speaker
15:45 Virtual room opens
16:00 Opening Remarks Kayla
16:05 Developing In-house RPA and its Applications in CRISPR Diagnostics, specifically SARS-CoV-2 Dr Aimorn Homchan, Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology, Thailand
Lightning Presentations
Multiple Speakers
FarmaCoop’s history as a recovered pharmaceutical laboratory and their challenges in manufacturing SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests
Bruno Di Mauro, as president of Farmacoop, and Biotechnologist Luciano Brum
17:05 Formal Closing Jenny
Breakout Rooms Open
Room 1: Sharing Best Practices for RPA Smitha Hedge
Room 2: What’s the best RT Adam Roberts
Room 3: Top Tips for Sharing Protocols Fernan Federici
Room 4: Show & Tell: Diagnostic Hardware Chinna Devarapu
17:30 Meeting Closes
Online room will be open for continued discussion


29 July 2020

View talks from the previous symposium on YouTube!
Speaker Link to Presentation
Daniel Ndima, CapeBio Harnessing African indigenous biological resources to develop “Best-in-Class” biologics for diagnostics
Dr Jacqueline Linnes, Purdue University, USA Designing user-friendly diagnostics

Reclone Symposium 1.0: Local Manufacturing of Reagents


10 June 2020

View talks from the previous symposium on YouTube!
Speaker Link to Presentation
Chiara Gandini, University of Cambridge, UK The Research in Diagnostics DNA Collection: an open source toolkit for production of enzymes for diagnostic research
Anibal Arce, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile One-step RT-PCR from locally produced M-MLC + pfu-Sso7d
Alejandro Caro, AGROSAVIA, Colombia Optimization of a low-cost RNA extraction protocol for SARS-Cov2 based on magnetic beads
Ricardo Chavez, Scintia, Mexico ViroDet: a community effort on COVID-19 diagnostics for Mexico and Latin America
Cassi Henderson, University of Cambridge, UK Scaling up local manufacturing of reagents
Alejandro Nadra, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Advances by ReClone Argentina
Thomas Graham, UC Berkeley, USA BEARMix - open-source master mix for 1-step RT-qPCR
Nadine Mowoh, MboaLab, Cameroon Quality Management Systems for enzyme production in Cameroon
Linda Kahl, SciScript and Beneficial Bio Biotechnology and the Public Domain: how to find out if technology is free and open