Yvonne Helbert

Senior R&D Manager

Yvonne is the Senior Manager/Scientist of the R&D Team. She has been with MGC since inception and has been the key driver in the development and optimization of our SenSATIVAx DNA extraction kits, PathoSEEK qPCR detection assays, and youPCR detection assays.  She led the team through our AOAC Certification of Aspergillus 5-plex qPCR assay and Sal/STEC assay on multiple cannabis matrices and has been instrumental in the development of both 5 color Aspergillus qPRC assays. In addition, Yvonne is heavily involved in troubleshooting current product offerings and developing new ones and helped author our extensive manufactures validation document.

Prior to MGC, Yvonne worked at Courtagen Life Sciences and was instrumental in the development of several clinically actionable assays. She also worked as a Sr. Development Scientist at Beckman Coulter Genomics (formerly Agencourt Bioscience) where she helped develop the Agencourt TM  V2 gDNA Isolation Kit and Viral Nucleic Extraction Kit.  Much of her focus was on development of a RNA kit that could extract the HIV virus from plasma and serum and a qPCR detection assay.

Yvonne received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Syracuse University and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Boston University School of Medicine.

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