Michael Pugia

Michael Pugia, PhD

Investigator and Director, Bioanalytical Technologies

Michael Pugia, PhD, is an Investigator and Director of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute's (IBRI) Bioanalytical Technologies group, effective May 2019. Before that, he served as Director of the IBRI’s Single Cell Analytics Center leading the efforts to develop new single-cell bioanalytical technology for measuring proteomic biomarkers as targeted diagnostics for the fields of endocrinology, oncology and infectious disease.

Prior to joining the IBRI, Michael spent 30 years in the biomedical in-vitro diagnostic industry for the Bayer and then Siemens diagnostic divisions. In his roles at Bayer and Siemens he contributed to 21 new product launches that have since produced more than 25 billion test results worldwide. Some of the products also helped to establish new, cost effective healthcare programs, such as Japan’s use of microalbumin/creatinine ratio for annual mass screening of all children for kidney disease.

He spent 15 of those 30 years as a director of research and development working on new systems and methods for point of care (POC) diagnostics and hospital laboratories. Additionally, he spent 20 years leading next generation analytical and diagnostic technology research teams in collaboration with leading design house, health care institutions, universities and technology companies around the world. In his last eight years, he served as a principle key expert for Siemens’ Healthcare sector in Strategic Innovations and lead the Siemens’ contribution to the EU IMI CANCER ID program by placing the Circulating Tumor Cell platform into leading EU cancer centers and the U.S. Siemens CLIA lab for clinical research use.

For his entire career, Michael’s primary biochemistry research interest for clinical diagnostics has been identifying immunity markers for infections in diabetes and co-morbidities.

In 2009, Michael was honored with the Siemens Inventor of the Year award for his pioneering work on the miniaturization of “lab-on-a-chip” diagnostic tools for POC testing. He also was recognized with nine Bayer Science and Technology Awards including the Outstanding Bayer Technology Award, the Bayer Corporate Quality Excellence Award and the Near Patient Testing Segment General Manager Award for Exceptional Leadership for his contributions to the CLINITEK and MULTISTIX urinalysis product lines. 

The American Association of Clinical Chemistry celebrated him as the Samuel Natelson Senior Investigator in recognition of outstanding service for the advancement of clinical chemistry and as the winner of the 1st Annual AI Free Memorial Lectureship.

Michael holds 60 allowed US patents and has 72 pending US patent applications yielding more than 500 worldwide patent filings. He also has more than 60 peer review publications, 15 book chapters and hundreds of conference papers and lectures in a wide variety of chemistry disciplines to his name. He earned his PhD in chemistry from Texas Tech University and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Clarkson University.

While working in industry, Michael has held pro-bono adjunct positions as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Notre Dame and as a Clinical Research Professor at the University of Louisville Medical School to pursue his research into the causes of inflammation during kidney disease and diabetes.