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Dr. Sauer- Budge specializes in the intersection between biology and materials. Trained in chemistry and biophysics, she applies her interdisciplinary experience to the development and design analysis of products for the medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. She has particular expertise in clinical diagnostics (the testing and identification of biological materials), including nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), proteins, microbes (bacteria, fungi, antimicrobial resistance), and human specimens (blood, urine, saliva, etc.). Throughout her career, Dr. Sauer-Budge has been involved in the research and development of biosensors, sample preparation techniques, microfluidic devices, anti-fouling coatings, devices for the continuous monitoring of biomarkers, implants, 3D bioprinting, bench-top instrumentation, and multi-functional surgical tools.
Dr. Sauer-Budge assists clients in device and diagnostics design, identification of microbial and chemical contaminants, assay development (immunoassays, nucleic acid tests, cell-based assays), testing of the impact microbial growth on materials, biocompatible/non-fouling coatings, and scale-up for manufacturing. Dr. Sauer-Budge works with companies at all stages as well as in the government and legal sectors. She is an active participant in peer review, including serving as a standing member of an NIH review committee and has published more than 35 articles. An accomplished inventor, she often participates in the assessment and protection of intellectual property.