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 Seventh International 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 biomedical research.



The Complexity of Pathologist Responsibilities as Custodians of Biospecimens

Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D., Pathologist-in-Chief, Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine Program, University Health Network; Lakeridge Health & Women’s College Hospital; Senior Scientist, Ontario Cancer Institute; Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, University of Toronto

Informed Consent

Is There a Web-Based Solution to the Challenge of Informed Consent and Re-Consent of Legacy Biobank Samples?

Daniel B. Thiel, Public Health Researcher, Health Services Organization and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Biosamples, Biomarkers and Clinical Trials

Translating Precision Medicine Strategy into Outcome through Clinical Trials

Lillian L. Siu, M.D., FRCPC, Professor, University of Toronto; Medical Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Specialty Biobanks

The Future of iPSCs Biobanking

Jonathan YH Loh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, A*STAR Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology

Biobanking to Improve Cardiac Transplant Outcomes

Dawn E. Bowles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Sciences and Co-Director, Duke Human Heart Repository

Planning and Implementing an Institutional Hospital for Children and Women: Ethical and Operational Consideration

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

The University Health Network Genito-Urinary (GU) BioBank

Neil Fleshner, MPH, M.D., FRCSC, Head, Division of Urology and Director, GU BioBank, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Maintaining a Quality Biobank

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

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

Inventory Management: Re-Organization, Consolidation, Quality Assurance and the Cost of Space in the Biorepository

Sherilyn J. Sawyer, Ph.D., Director, BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorepository, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Progress Is Bringing Together Clinical and Biorepository Data in an Expandable Research Data Repository

Maureen E. Lane, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine; Director, Hem/Onc Translational Core Laboratory, The Leukemia Biorepository and Personalized Medicine Center, Weill Cornell Medical College

Tissue Banking, Bioinformatics and EMRs: The Front-End Requirements for Personalized Medicine

K. Stephen Suh, Ph.D., Director, Genomics and Biomarkers Program, John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center

PANEL DISCUSSION: Ensuring Biobank Value through Effective Utilization

Marianne K. Henderson, MS, CPC, Chief, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Office of Division Operations and Analysis and the Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute; Chair, Organizing Advisory Committee, ISBER
Marianna J. Bledsoe, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Co-Chair, Science Policy Committee, ISBER
Panelists to be Announced

For more details on the conference, please contact:

Mary Ann Brown
Executive Director, Conferences
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: (+1) 781-972-5497

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Carolyn Benton
Business Development Manager
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
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