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Sunday, September 14

1:30 pm Short Course Registration

Short Course: Biobanking Is More than Sample Storage and Management*

2:00-5:00 pm

Biobanking operations must comport with a complicated regulatory environment, including provisions of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), patient privacy protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Institutional Review Board regulations. Well-organized biobanks are critical to advancing translational science and the promise of personalized medicine. This short course will focus on regulatory compliance, business planning, quality control and operations of academic and governmental biobanks. 

Med Center Biobanking

Angen LiuAngen Liu, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Specimen Accessioning Core, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University

The infrastructure and accessibility of biobanks have a direct impact on drug discovery and biomarker validation. The principle of biospecimen collection and storage is relatively straightforward, but the practicalities and development of high-quality biobanks are complicated and remain challenging. Expertise in standardization, quality control, information technology and awareness of cutting-edge research development are generally required for biobank development and management. With new genetic and proteomic techniques being developed continuously, biobanks will greatly advance translational research and personalized medicine.

Development and Implementation of a National Biospecimen Collection Network in a Community Hospital System

Jeffrey OttoJeffrey Otto, MBA, Ph.D., National Director, Center for Translational Research, Institute for Research and Innovation, Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is the fifth-largest health system in the United States, with 87 hospitals in 18 states. The CHI Center for Translational Research has built a national network for biospecimen collection. This program involves close partnering with the local hospitals, placement of staff and infrastructure within the hospital, maintenance of chain-of-custody and implementation of industry best practices. This program permits the collection of biospecimens that are of the highest quality, thus enabling reproducible and meaningful downstream research.  

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance in Business Planning for an Academic Biobank

Stephen SchmechelStephen Schmechel, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, UW Medicine Pathology, University of Washington







*Separate registration required

Onsite Tour of NWBioTrust

(Limited to 50 participants)

6:00-8:00 pm

5:30 pm Shuttle Service to Laboratory Tour

*Complimentary roundtrip shuttle service to and from the Sheraton Seattle Hotel

6:00-7:30 Lab Tour: NWBioTrust Hubs and Spokes System

NWBioTrust (NWBT) is a collaborative project between Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital and University of Washington Medicine. This innovative hub-and-spokes resource system connects donated biospecimens from consenting individuals with innovative research projects aimed at advancing biomarker discovery and improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. 

7:30 Board Shuttle and Depart for Hotel

8:00 Close of Day


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