Dr. Jacobs received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Natural Sciences from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and then obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of South Carolina. He did postdoctoral training in Clinical Chemistry & Toxicology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Alere/Abbott, Dr. Jacobs Dr. Jacobs has extensive experience with POCT, critical care testing, laboratory consolidation and automation, computerization and automatic result reporting, and planning and performance of clinical trials for various main laboratory and POCT systems; has over 60 peer reviewed publications and textbook chapters in the areas of quality management, immunodiagnostics, cardiac biomarkers, laboratory management, automation, critical care medicine, and point-of-care testing and was the principal investigator on several beta site studies for various POCT analytical systems. He was Director of Stat Labs & POCT at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for 14 years and during that time implemented over 15 POCT systems and programs. (see list below of positions prior to joining Alere/Abbott in 2014)
Dr. Jacobs has been involved in establishing clinical diagnostic regulatory and accreditation standards at the local, national and international levels. He is a former director of the New York State laboratory accreditation program and is active in the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. He is currently Chair of the CLSI Expert Panel on Point of Care Testing and is Chair of the Document Development Committee on Point of Care In Vitro Diagnostic Testing. Additionally, Dr. Jacobs is a past member, and current observer, of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO Technical Committee 212 on Clinical Laboratory Testing and In Vitro Diagnostic Test Systems and was a member of the development committees for EP18 and EP23. Dr. Jacobs serves on the Editorial Boards of the eJournal of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Point of Care Testing.
Dr. Jacobs is past chair (twice) and current treasurer of the NY Metro AACC Chapter. He served on the AACC National Meeting Task Force, the Clinical Chemistry Forum Committee, the Nominating Committee, was the AACC Liaison to the Connectivity Industrial Consortium for POCT and was secretary & chair of both the Alliance of Northeast Sections and the POCT Division. Dr. Jacobs was a member of the NACB LMPG on POCT Committee and is active in the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry. He was chair of the IFCC Communications & Publications Division for six years, served on several committees and working groups, was the IFCC News editor for six years, and represented the IFCC on the “Labs are Vital” Members Board. Currently he is a member of the IFCC committee on POCT.