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Pre-Conference Short Course*

Sunday, November 3, 1:30-4:30 pm

Translational Medicine Collaborations: Sample Management Strategies to Support Future Research 

Because biospecimen collections exist to enhance many areas of biological science, it is critical to establish processes that bridge the practical, daily operations of running biobanks and the needs of groups that access them. This short course presents academic, industry and diagnostics/non-profit perspectives on biorepository management approaches to ensure the research utility of samples are fit-for-purpose.

1:30 pm Introduction and Opening Remarks

Mary Ann Brown, Executive Director, Conferences, Cambridge Healthtech Institute

1:50 Partnerships in Biobanking: Biobanking Opportunities for Patients in the Community Hospital Setting

M. Sharon StackM. Sharon Stack, Ph.D., Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ann F. Dunne and Elizabeth Riley Director, Harper Cancer Research Institute, University of Notre Dame

The Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) Tissue Biorepository procures and stores tissues donated by patients undergoing surgery in several community hospitals. As the Institute and hospitals do not represent a single entity, unique logistical challenges are presented.

2:30 Biobanking with Diagnostic Samples

Colleen M. MitchellColleen M. Mitchell, Joint Biorepository Operations Manager, IU Simon Cancer Center Tissue Bank and National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease, Indiana University School of Medicine

Technology has advanced and patient samples are not consumed in their entirety for diagnostic purposes. What happens to the leftover samples? Discard them or create a biobank. This presentation will show how you can build a biobank from them.

3:10 Refreshment Break

3:25 Developing a Biobanking Standard Terminology for Use in a Centrally Supported Enterprise-Wide Biobanking Software Platform

Helena EllisHelena J. Ellis, Director, Duke BioBank, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Duke University

Duke is engaged in the implementation of an Enterprise-Wide Biobanking Information System (LabVantage). The system will be centrally supported by dedicated staff and provide an inventory management system for diverse biobanking groups at Duke. These diverse groups, and other subject matter experts, have developed a standard biobanking terminology that will be required for use of the LabVantage system. Five Working Groups met regularly for several months and defined biobanking data elements, terminology and permissible values.

4:05 Q&A with Speakers

4:30 Close of Short Course

*Separate registration required

Onsite Tour of BioStorage Technologies & Reception (Open to All) 

Sunday, November 3, 5:30-8:30 pm

5:00 pm

Shuttle Service to BioStorage Technologies

Complimentary roundtrip shuttle service to and from the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel will be provided for all conference attendees.

5:30-7:15 pm

BioStorage Tour

Join your colleagues for a comprehensive tour of the BioStorage Technologies biorepository and sample management facility.
The tour will highlight our:

  • State-of-the-art global biorepository and sample registration center
  • Innovative sample preparation center
  • ISISS, virtual sample management technology system
  • Consistent temperature control and monitoring system
  • Relofleet, the revolutionary mobile biorepository

7:15 pm

Board Shuttle and Depart for Hotel

7:30 pm

Sky View Dinner Reception in the Panorama Ballroom Hosted by BioStorage

8:30 pm

Close of Day



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