Speaker Proposals Now Being Accepted

Today, biospecimen collections are used by multiple research groups for various research aims, from basic research through clinical trials. Useful biosamples must be collected to maintain their molecular integrity for specific (or unknown) downstream analysis. Thus, the proper collection, processing, storage and tracking of biospecimens are critical components allowing researchers to better link molecular and clinical information. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 8th International Leaders in Biobanking Congress: Applying Biospecimen Science to Advance Biomedical Research addresses biospecimen science, management, and applications, 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.


Preparing the Biospecimen

Types of Biosamples

  • Collection
  • Processing
  • Isolation
  • Storage
  • Purification
  • Preservation
  • Case studies
  • Legacy collections
  • Specialty collections
  • Biofluids
  • Fixed tissue
  • Frozen tissue
  • Donors
  • Disease indications


Leveraging the Biospecimen

Using the Biospecimen

  • Biomarkers of health and disease
  • Translation from laboratory to clinic
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Targets for drug discovery
  • Tests for drug development
  • Clinical trials
  • Case studies
  • Extraction of biomolecules
  • Measuring quality
  • Fit-for-purpose
  • Assay development
  • Assay validation
  • Case studies






  • Scheduling and procurement
  • Collection and annotation
  • Specimen processing
  • Biopreservation protocols
  • Storage and backup
  • Requisition and withdrawal
  • Shipping and distribution
  • Informatics tools
  • Inventory control
  • Tracking and shipping
  • Databases
  • Infrastructure and hardware
  • LIMS
  • Data integration
  • Chain of custody
  • Informed consent
  • Compliance
  • International harmony
  • Hazardous specimens
  • Custodianship/Long-term storage

Those encouraged to submit a title and summary of their experiences for consideration of presentation include:

  • Molecular researchers utilizing biospecimens for their research
  • Biobankers providing biospecimens, developing biopreservation technologies standards and protocols and managing resources while navigating regulatory compliance
  • Clinical trial professionals collecting, analyzing and utilizing data

To submit a proposal for consideration, please click here.

Deadline for priority consideration is February 25, 2016.

All proposals are subject to review by the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure the overall quality of the conference program. Please note that due to limited speaking slots, preference is given to abstracts from those within pharmaceutical and biomedical companies, regulators and those from academic research centers. Additionally, as per CHI policy, a select number of vendors/consultants who provide products and services will be offered opportunities for podium presentation slots based on a variety of Corporate Sponsorships.

For more details on the conference, please contact:
Mary Ann Brown
Executive Director, Conferences
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone:  (+1) 781-972-5497

Email: mabrown@healthtech.com

For sponsorship and exhibit sales information, please contact:
Carolyn Benton
Business Development Manager
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
Phone: (+1) 781-972-5412