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Dr. Wertz obtained his undergraduate and medical education at Indiana University followed by a pathology internship at Yale University. He continued his training in Clinical Pathology at the National Institutes of Health where he participated in early developments to computerize clinical laboratories. Following a post-doctorate research fellowship at the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine in Paris, France, Dr. Wertz completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic. He came to Sacramento in 1966, and in 1969 became director of Sacramento Clinical Laboratory which in the 1970s underwent a rapid period of growth, closely linked to computerization. During this period, Dr. Wertz worked closely with the California State University Sacramento Department of Biomedical Engineering and sponsored a project to develop a diagnostic instrument for microbiology. During evolution of this project, Dr. Wertz moved to Sutter Hospital to become Laboratory Director and subsequently the Chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine. The microbiology instrument, called AutoScan-3, expanded beyond a research project and became a commercial product. It provided automatic determination of bacterial identification and antimicrobial sensitivity. This instrument worked with the MicroScan system manufactured by American Hospital Supply Corporation (AHSC), and in 1982 AHSC acquired the instrument company. Subsequently, AHSC was in turn acquired by Baxter which consolidated the MicroScan operations in West Sacramento. Today the company is a worldwide leader in microbiology instrumentation with a facility of over 200,000 sq. ft., 700 employees, and sales over $150 million per year.

During 1982 to 1987 Dr. Wertz reduced his pathology practice to half time and founded Digital Diagnostics, Inc. (DDI). DDI was an electronic publishing company providing information products on Compact Discs (CD-ROM). DDI also produced a real estate information product called MetroScan which was acquired In January 1990 by Transamerica Corporation. Following the acquisition, DDI was renamed as HealthCare Information Services, Inc. (HIS). HIS produced a wide variety of medical CD-ROM products, contracted internationally with major pharmaceutical companies, and also brought point of care information products to hospital mainframe computers. HIS was acquired by Lippincott-Raven Publishers in 1995, and Dr. Wertz remained with LRP as a consultant. Dr. Wertz has served on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Systems, Inc., since its inception and was its interim CEO 2001-2002.