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PDI, a leader in infection prevention products and solutions, announces an exclusive relationship with two of the world’s leading experts in infection prevention and epidemiology, Bill Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC and David Weber, MD, MPH. Rutala and Weber will support the company’s mission to advance solutions that help prevent hospital- and community-acquired infections.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Rutala and Dr. Weber to PDI’s growing Infection Prevention business,” said Matt Gattuso, president of PDI Infection Prevention. “Their passion for understanding and combating both existing and emerging infectious diseases, as well as the control of drug-resistant pathogens, make them an invaluable addition to our team of specialists.”
Through their engagement with PDI, specifically within the Healthcare and Sani Professional divisions, Rutala and Weber will focus on guiding clinical and development initiatives in the areas of disinfection, antisepsis and hand hygiene. In collaboration with PDI associates, clinicians and strategic partners, the duo will help expand product lines and explore new process development in order to reduce preventable infections.
“I am excited to complement the existing expertise at PDI with my professional, educational and research experience,” said Rutala. “Together, we hope to add new products and processes that assist in reducing preventable infections in healthcare facilities and professional institutions.”
Rutala is a recognized thought leader in the areas of disinfection and sterilization, infection prevention and environmental hygiene. For nearly 38 years, he has led the hospital epidemiology program at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals and is a research professor at the UNC School of Medicine. He has authored/co-authored over 600 publications on infection prevention and is the co-founder and director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE) in North Carolina. He also has the distinction of being the only person to have an award named in his honor from two infection prevention professional societies: APIC (William A. Rutala Research Award) and SHEA (William A. Rutala Scholarship).
Weber has broad expertise in the sciences related to infectious diseases and infection prevention. He currently serves as the associate chief medical officer for the UNC Medical Center, as well as the medical director of the Departments of Hospital Epidemiology and Occupational Health Service. He is an associate director of the North Carolina Statewide Infection Control Program (SPICE), and serves as the UNC principle investigator on the CDC-sponsored Duke-UNC Epicenter.
“It is truly an honor to work collaboratively with such respected researchers in the field of infection prevention,” said Keith St. John, vice president of clinical affairs at PDI. “I have relied heavily on their expertise to help guide my own clinical practice, and look forward to together advancing the science of infection prevention at PDI.”