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Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Second Annual 

Genomic Sample Prep and Biospecimen Science

Enabling Sample-Centered Genomic Medicine

February 15-18, 2015 | Moscone North Convention Center | San Francisco, CA  
Part of the 22nd International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference 


Personalized medicine is based on the analysis of inter-patient differences at the molecular level through the measurement of biomarkers. Biomarkers are detected in human biospecimens representing samples for particular molecular tests. A systematic approach is necessary for quality assessment of biospecimens as well as for their appropriate pre-analytical processing both in research and in clinical laboratory. Novel genomic sample preparation technologies have the ability to significantly increase sensitivity and specificity of a test that is run on a heterogeneous sample or a sample that contains a low concentration of analyte. Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Second Annual Genomic Sample Prep and Biospecimen Science conference is designed to bring together leading industry and academia experts in biospecimen science and molecular diagnostics to discuss major challenges and latest advances in sample preparation for advanced genomic technologies as well as biospecimen management and quality assurance.

Who should attend: Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry researchers as well as Academia Scientists and Pathologists working with Human Biospecimens and dealing with pre-analytical issues should attend this conference.

Topics will include, but are not limited to: 

  • General pre-analytical issues in clinical diagnostics and molecular pathology
  • Quantitative assessment of pre-analytic variables
  • Novel nucleic acid extraction technologies
  • Matching nucleic acid extraction method with the goal of an assay
  • Collection, processing, and storage of samples
  • IT technologies for sample management
  • Sample prep considerations for validation of clinical NGS assays
  • Sample prep considerations for digital and quantitative PCR
  • Overcoming pre-analytical issues with archived FFPE samples
  • Regulatory and ethical considerations in biospecimen science
  • Novel approaches to tissue biobanking and biospecimen quality assessment at a biobank
  • Sample considerations in biomarker-driven clinical trials
  • Automated tissue sample preparation
  • Smaller sample preparation devices/ nanotechnology applications for diagnostics
  • Pre-capture multiplex target enrichment
  • Target enrichment in genetically heterogeneous tumor samples
  • Microbiology sample prep and target enrichment
  • Label-free assays and sample prep-less diagnostics

If you would like to submit a proposal to give a presentation at this meeting, please click here.

The deadline for submission is July 18, 2014. 

All proposals are subject to review by the Scientific Advisory Committee to ensure the highest quality of the conference program. Please note that due to limited speaking slots, preference is given to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, regulators and those from academia. Additionally, vendors/consultants who provide products and services to these biopharmaceutical companies are offered opportunities for podium presentation slots based on a variety of Corporate Sponsorships. 

For more details on the conference, please contact:
Marina Filshtinsky, M.D.
Conference Director
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
T: (+1) 781-972-5496
E: mfilshtinsky@healthtech.com  

For partnering and sponsorship information, please contact:
Jon Stroup (Companies A-K)
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
T: (+1) 781-972-5483
E: jstroup@healthtech.com 

Joseph Vacca (Companies L-Z) 
Manager, Business Development
Cambridge Healthtech Institute
T: (+1) 781.972.5431
E: jvacca@healthtech.com 



Premier Sponsors:

Leica Biosystems 





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