Professor Leonard F. Blackwell, Massey University
Professor Blackwell is trained in organic chemistry, biochemistry, and reproductive physiology. He studied under Professor James Brown at the University of Melbourne in the physiology of ovulation and in the development of the Fertility Monitor, a device for monitoring ovarian activity in all its manifestations and one of the only true quantitative point-of-care devices in existence. For the past 36 years Len has been involved in research and development of urinary assays as point-of-care diagnostic kits and recently with quantitative immune-chromatographic assays. He has developed prototype tests for five different analytes relating to reproduction and fertility and a device for overcoming the fluctuations in urine volume which has held back non-invasive point-of-care diagnostic tests.
Dr. Delwyn G. Cooke, Massey University
Dr. Cooke's qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Physiology), Post Graduate Diploma (Physiology), Masterate of Science (Biochemistry), and Doctor of Philosophy (Biochemistry), from Massey University. Her areas of expertise include endocrinology, reproductive physiology, hormonal monitoring, and immunoassay development. Delwyn has organised and run clinical trials of urinary hormone measurements in fertility detection and a detailed knowledge of human menstrual cycles and interpretation of the hormone assay measurements. She is well trained in lateral flow technology, having spent 12 months working as part of a team at Magna Biosciences (MBS) in San Diego, Ca. developing assays using nanoparticles.