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Earl Robinson

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Earl began working in corporate medical product development environments in the Midwest in the early 1970s. After being transferred to southern California by an employer in 1983, he co-founded Omnica to service that area’s burgeoning healthcare industry. Since then, he has been instrumental in successfully assembling and directing a stable and talented group of dedicated design engineers who have stayed with the company, many for decades. His simple philosophies are: provide the Omnica team with a well-equipped enjoyable work environment, empower them in a peer-based manner that minimizes the need for unnecessary middle management, and give them challenging projects that let them flourish and grow. The result has led to a high level of client loyalty that allows Omnica the freedom to approach projects with pace-setting acuity. Earl stays current with the latest industry advancements to ensure that Omnica keeps up state-of-the-art tools and technologies for fast-track product development.

Earl received his degree in Industrial Design at the University of Kansas.

Paul Gleason

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In 1982, this Loyola and UICC alumnus was working as a high-end audio engineer when he and a group of colleagues combined career interests to found Ocean Scientific, in southern California. As that company evolved in the design and manufacturing of medical diagnostic instrumentation, Paul’s focus turned to business development and project management and the company was renamed Source Scientific. He subsequently spent many years traveling throughout the EU developing relationships with some of the largest players in the diagnostics and instrumentation space.

Among Paul’s many areas of expertise is optically-based, point-of-care laboratory instrumentation. He worked on an automated sample processor for the first FDA-approved DNA probe test which directly detected specific microbial agents. He played major roles in developing products for Merck, Roche, B-D, Sorin Biomedica, and others. Paul joined Omnica in 1997.

In 2015 he was promoted to Senior Vice President at Omnica and serves on its management team. Paul is a hands-on project manager of products ranging from diagnostic instruments to Class III medical devices. He has conducted business in Europe and Japan, speaks 3 languages, knows many of the movers and shakers in the diagnostic device world, and is familiar with the world-wide regulatory environment.

Brad Sargent PhD

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Brad received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1989. His research centered on biosensors, inorganic thin-film electrochemical sensors, and the integration of sensors with micromachining processes. His post-doc activities included a year developing silicon microchip sensors at the Institute for Microtechnology in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

After a stint as a senior scientist at UniFET Inc. (aka SenDx), Brad joined Omnica in 1998. His science background, coupled with experience in electronics, mechanics, fluidics, and software made him a natural addition to Omnica’s Advanced Technical Services Group. He has been highly involved in the development of sophisticated medical devices and instruments at Omnica and his expertise in sensor development is regularly applied to the development of novel analytical instruments.

With his working knowledge of FDA design control regulations, Brad is often involved in design-of-experiments, feasibility studies, product safety evaluations, data acquisition and analysis, and software verification and validation. In 2016, he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering and serves on Omnica’s management team.

Cathy Robinson

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Cathy has served as Omnica’s accounting manager and eventually its Chief Financial Officer since the Company’s inception in 1984. Her prior experience in managing a movie theater in the mid-west served as the background for developing Omnica’s business systems. She and the founding entrepreneurs started from scratch and under her guidance have enjoyed a stable, profitable company for over 35 years.