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Auburn grad shares innovation award for diagnostic breakthrough

Carter Wells, CEO of iCubate, graduated from AU in 1993.

Auburn graduate Carter Wells is making waves in the science world.

Wells, a ’93 graduate, is the chief executive officer of iCubate, a privately held molecular diagnostic company located at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. The company recently won the prestigious Frost and Sullivan North American New Product Innovation Award.

“This is a huge honor, and one we are humbled to receive,” Wells said.

The iCubate system uses a disposable cassette to provide accurate and rapid detection of multiple pathogens. Researchers, and soon clinicians, can put a patient’s sample into the cassette and receive a quick diagnosis. The cassette also helps eliminate the possibility of human error or contamination.

“iCubate will bring a comprehensive, personalized diagnostic tool to the market for health care providers who want to provide personalized treatments for patients,” Wells said.

The possibilities of iCubate extend well beyond the realm of human health, said founder and chief scientific officer Jian Han, M.D., Ph.D.

“iCubate’s proprietary PCR technology allows for the detection of dozens of targets simultaneously in one test,” Han said. “The possibilities are endless, from human health to agriculture, our system puts multiplex PCR into the hands of people all over the world.”

Wells, who also serves as HudsonAlpha’s director of external affairs, said the award should be credited to the “dedicated group working at iCubate. They are making diagnostic tools that will provide more answers to physicians faster and with greater accuracy than currently available in today’s market.”

Wells graduated from Auburn with a political science degree in 1993. He worked on several political campaigns before moving to HudsonAlpha in 2009. His grandfather, Herbert Roton, played football for Auburn in the 1930s.

Victoria Cumbow is a 2008 Auburn graduate. She’s a Communications Specialist with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville and a freelance journalist. Find her online at victoriacumbow.com  and follow her on Twitter @victoriacumbow.

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