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Pre-analytical processing is a pivotal part of clinical diagnostics. Its modernization should closely follow or even precede the emergence of new diagnostic technologies. Target enrichment as part of pre-analytical processing has 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. This conference is designed to demonstrate the latest advances in pre-analytical processing, sample preparation and target enrichment for clinical laboratory testing.


  • Pre-Analytical Challenges in Point-of-Care Testing
  • Sample Prep and Target Enrichment in Molecular Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases
  • Sample Prep and Target Enrichment in Molecular Diagnostics of Cancer
  • Pre-Analytical Issues in Mass Spectrometry Applications
  • Sample Prep for Next Generation Sequencing

Dinner Short Course* 

Tuesday, April 17 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Guidelines for Commercial Launch of Novel Diagnostics 

This short course is focused on development of molecular diagnostics as they make their way from identification of a medical need through to commercial launch. The course will emphasize identification of critical hurdles that when addressed early, can materially accelerate progress. Vital areas to be addressed include disease management, validation, reimbursement strategies including provider engagement, regulatory pathway decisions and education of the medical community. Examples and case studies of diagnostic companies will be shared to illustrate a real world roadmap including:

  • Disease Management
  • Assay Validation
  • Regulatory Pathways and Considerations
  • Reimbursement
  • Acceptance and Adoption

Bill Cook, Principal, WECA
Dwight Denham, MBA, Director, Clinical Research, Health Economics &. Reimbursement Affairs (CHRA), Beckman Coulter, Inc.

*Separate Registration Required