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IFCC Executive Board: 2021-2023 Biographies

Joseph PASSARELLI, Corporate Member Representative 

Senior Director Scientific Relations
Research and Development
Roche Diagnostics Corporation
9115 Hague Road, PO Box 50416
Indianapolis, Indiana 46250-0416 - USA

Joseph PASSARELLI is Senior Director, Scientific Relations at Roche Diagnostics Corporation. In this role, he represents Roche as a scientific liaison to professional societies and standard- and guideline-setting organizations worldwide. He has worked both domestically and internationally in research and development for more than 35 years and has experience in discovery, research, development, laboratory management, technology transfer, regulatory submissions, and market commercialization. His scientific background includes developing immunoassays that use multiple technologies for homogenous laboratory-based testing platforms. He is recognized in the fields of drugs of abuse testing and therapeutic drug monitoring. Before assuming his current role, Mr. Passarelli was head of Roche Diagnostics Research and Development for these scientific disciplines.

Mr. Passarelli is currently Secretary to the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine’s Scientific Division Executive Committee. Prior to this role, he served as SD’s corporate member. Mr. Passarelli is also the chair of the newly formed Task Force – Corporate Members (TF-CM) with his first term ending at the end of 2021.  The main task of the TF-CM is to strengthen the collaboration between IFCC and its Corporate Members and to better address their specific needs and challenges.  He is also a member of the Harmonization Oversight Group of the International Consortium for Harmonization of Clinical Laboratory Results (ICHCLR).

In addition to his activities with the IFCC, Mr. Passarelli has been active with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) for several years. Currently he serves on the CLSI Board of Directors as one of its Officers – Secretary and prior to this, as a member of the CLSI Consensus Council. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the US Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 212 – Clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostic test systems. His professional interests include educating and promoting the value of standardization and harmonization through the use of recognized standards and guidelines and collaborates extensively with professional organizations worldwide. Mr. Passarelli is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Industry Division and received the 2014 AACC Presidential Citation for his contributions to laboratory medicine and education.

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