2016 Archived Content

Pre-Conference Short Course*

Wednesday, September 7

SC1: Managing a Viable Biobank

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Pre-Conference Short Course Description

This course provides well-rounded perspectives on running successful biobanks that serve client research needs. Managers of diverse biobanks discuss infrastructures, tools and strategies used to accomplish their business and scientific goals. Topics include upfront planning to meet end-state objectives, SOP and research database resources, and strategic sample management outsourcing services. This course will benefit not only biorepository operations managers, but also nurses and administrators of sample collection and storage entities and even research scientists who will better understand how biobanker practices align with and support their own goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss approaches for building a purpose-driven biobank
  • Outline different biobank models
  • Discuss financial constraints for the different models
  • Discuss approaches for financial sustainability
  • Share best practices for selecting an outsourced sample management partner to manage an existing sample storage research facility
  • Share considerations for evaluating either an outsourced or onsite sample management model
  • Discuss benefits of using an outsourcing partner to manage sample inventory onsite and offsite
  • Show the value of staff reallocation, reduction and dedicated governance management
  • Discuss the strategies to manage the evolution from one model to an outside model – shared learning
  • Provide overview of community needs
  • Discuss literature and SOPs: BRD scope/content, contributors, uses, search capabilities
  • Outline ways to contribute to the BRD: commenting, article and SOP submission, citation

Who Should Attend

  • Biobank and Biorepository Operations Managers
  • Sample Collection and Storage Administrators
  • Nurses
  • Research Scientists


Detailed Agenda


9:30 Welcome and Introductions


9:45 Building and Managing a Purpose-Driven Biobank

Jeffrey_OttoJeffrey M. Otto, Ph.D., MBA, Founder and CEO, Otto Consulting Group

When contemplating a new biobank/biospecimen repository, what is the biobank’s ultimate goal? Different banks have different objectives, goals and financial support mechanisms. This talk walks through a process to ensure that the bank that is developed is designed to meet the end-state goals and objectives. This is extremely important in the current era of tight financial constraints.

10:30 The National Cancer Institute's Biospecimen Research Database: A Literature and SOP Resource for the Biobanking Community

 Kelly_EngelKelly B. Engel, Ph.D., Lead Curator, Biospecimen Research Database, Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

The quality of biospecimens processed and stored at biobanking institutions is largely influenced by the standard operating procedures (SOPs) employed. The National Cancer Institute developed and populates a searchable database of articles and SOPs in biospecimen science. Aims of the database are to improve community access to literature, facilitate transparency between institutions, and develop and disseminate evidence-based procedural guidelines.

11:15 Coffee Break


11:30 Evolution of Agile Outsourcing Models in Sample Management

 DeeDee_FryerDeeDee Fryer, Research Operations Manager, Translational Sciences Operations, Amgen

Research organizations are increasingly looking to reduce their time spent on indirect research activities, and improving the process efficiencies in their operation, such as managing research samples, and to reinvest their time and resources on their core competencies. New onsite sample management approaches have been evolving to provide researchers with improved access and control over their sample inventories while delivering cost savings and efficiencies to their organization. This presentation focuses on the evolution of strategic sample management outsourcing services in a top 10 biopharmaceutical company. Sample management strategies are developing, which focus on how people, processes and technology improvements can support an organization in focusing their research efforts on product research and development.

12:15 pm Interactive Q&A with Instructors and Participants


12:30 Close of Short Course


Course Length and Time

3.00 hours (0.300 CEUs) 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Course Date

September 7, 2016

FEE: $699 Commercial/$399 Academic, Government, Hospital-Affiliated

ACPE#: 0778-0000-16-049-L01-P

Released: 9/16.


Barnett International is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participants will receive 3.00 hours (0.300 CEUs) of continuing education credit for full participation, including the completion of a pre-test, post-test, and program evaluation. Barnett International will email ACPE statements within three weeks of program completion.

* Separate registration required.