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Leaders in Biobanking Congress


Today, biospecimen collections are used by multiple research groups for varying research aims, from basic research through clinical trials. A well-managed biobank is a critical prerequisite for high-quality biological research. The proper collection, processing, storage and tracking of biospecimens are critical components allowing researchers to better link molecular and clinical information. Thus, by necessity, biobanking is both a science and a business. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Sixth Annual Leaders in Biobanking Congress: Maximizing Your Investment in Biospecimens addresses both the business and science of biobanking, bringing together biomedical and biopharmaceutical researchers, regulators, biorepository managers and practitioners to investigate the best strategies for effective use of biospecimens within today’s cutting-edge research.

It Takes a Village: Defining Precision Medicine 

Northwest BioTrust: Consented Specimens, Medical Data and Patient Registry

John T. Slattery, Ph.D., Vice Dean, Research and Graduate Education, School of Medicine; Professor, Pharmacology and Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Integrating the Principles of Preventative and Personalized Care to Advance Wellness

Nathan D. Price, Ph.D., Associate Director, Institute for Systems Biology

My Avatars for Kids

James M. Olson, M.D., Ph.D., Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Professor, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington; Attending Physician, Seattle Children’s Hospital; Founder, Presage Biosciences

The National Biomarkers Development Alliance (NBDA): Advancing Biomarkers Development for Precision Medicine Beginning with Biospecimens

Carolyn Compton, M.D., Ph.D., CMO, National Biomarkers Development Alliance; Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University


Business of Running a Biobank 

Application of Lean/Six Sigma Practices to Biobank Operations

Devon D. Kelly, Director, OHSU Knight BioLibrary, Oregon Health & Science University, Knight Cancer Institute

Use of Informatics to Accelerate Institutional Biospecimen Procurement

Stephanie Elaine Soares, MS, CCRP, Research Administrator, Urology, University of California, Davis

Quality Improvement (QI) vs. Research

Shannon Sewards, Associate Director, Human Subjects Division, University of Washington

The DISCUSS Project: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Lines from Previously Collected Research Biospecimens and Informed Consent: Points to Consider

Geoffrey P. Lomax, Ph.D., Senior Officer, Standards Working Group, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Pediatric Biobanks: Adolescent Attitudes towards Biobanking Consenting

Suzanne Vercauteren, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, Head, Division of Hematopathology, BC Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia


Science of Running a Biobank 

Featured Presentation

Cryopreservation: Cryobiology Fundamentals and Development of Novel Technology

Dayong Gao, Ph.D., Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Washington

Viable Biobanking for Personalized Medicine

Wendell G. Yarbrough, M.D., MMHC, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology and Pathology; Section Chief, Otolaryngology; Co-Director, Molecular Virology Research Program; Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale University

Common Sense and Common Pitfalls in Biobanking

Allison Hubel, Ph.D., Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Director, Biopreservation Core Resource, University of Minnesota

Frozen Brains and Brain Tumors: Understanding Procurement and Storage of Frozen Biospecimens for Next-Generation Technologies

William H. Yong, M.D., Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Neuropathologist, National Neurologic AIDS Bank Director, Brain Tumor Translational Resource David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

A Microfluidic Device for Dry Sample Preservation in Remote Settings

Stefano Begolo, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Rustem F. Ismagilov Laboratory, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Best Practices in Bioprocessing and Biobanking to Support Biomarker Development

Andrew Brooks, Ph.D., COO, Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository; Associate Professor, Genetics, Rutgers University

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