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Catherine Lufkin of Vantix Diagnostics at the Innovation Hub at UMass Lowell

Catherine Lufkin of Vantix Diagnostics

Catherine Lufkin, Vantix Diagnostics

Catherine Lufkin of Vantix Diagnostics at the Innovation Hub at UMass Lowell
“There’s this sense of open collaboration here. Plus we have access to the minds at UMass Lowell.”

Providing medical diagnostics “at the speed of now,” Vantix Diagnostics offers the means to test results for a series of ailments in a matter of minutes. Perhaps most importantly, it happens right in the doctor’s office. 

Point-of-care diagnosis, says Marketing and Corporate Communications person Catherine Lufkin, eliminates the inconvenience that often stands in the way of patient testing. 

With six people in an office in the UK and four in Lowell, one of Lufkin’s goals was “to be really good financial stewards of the resources of our investors without a lot of overhead. This is affordable and perfect for what we need.” 

And Lufkin has a vested interest in in Vantix’ success – her husband, Steve is the CEO. 

Donna Gasper, who handles operations and regulatory concerns for Vantix, lives in Chelmsford and followed the rise of UMass Lowell under former Chancellor Marty Meehan. When Gasper heard about the iHub, she mentioned it. The group had been working from a space in Pelham, N.H. 

“We’d been looking for a space,” says Lufkin, “but we just couldn’t do a 10-year lease like most of the other places require.” They moved into an iHub office in July 2015, early occupants. 

“There’s this sense of open collaboration here,” she says. “Plus we have access to the minds at UMass Lowell. There’s the medical part of it, the nursing department, all of the technology. This is closer to the biotech corridor, too and eventually, we can just move upstairs to the M2D2 and their lab space.”