January 26, 2017
11 am to 12 pm EST

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Webinar Description:

Biomarkers such as circulating nucleic acids and circulating tumor cells have become an increasingly important source for liquid biopsy assays. Successful detection of biomarkers is dependent on controlling pre-analytical variables, such as peripheral blood collection, processing, and shipment and storage methods. Learn how Streck BCT tubes can help preserve valuable samples for liquid biopsy assay development.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about common pre-analytical variables in sample collection and how it can negatively impact assay development.
  • Learn how Streck Cell-Free DNA BCT can help control pre-analytical variables.
  • Learn about Streck’s new plastic blood collection tube.
  • Learn how Sysmex Inostics has incorporated Cell-Free DNA BCT into their assays.


Carissa Moore, PhD

R&D Scientific Manager

Immunology and Biomarkers Division

Carissa Moore received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Iowa in 2007. She joined Streck in 2011 after completing her post-doctoral work in Leukemia/Lymphoma development. She is currently the R&D Scientific Manager of the Immunology and Biomarkers Division at Streck, and oversees development of clinical flow cytometry controls and blood collection tubes.

In her presentation today, Dr. Moore focuses on the pre-analytical variables in liquid biopsy assay development and a solution for stabilizing cell-free DNA in patient samples that takes collection, storage and transportation issues out of the equation.

Inga Medina Diaz, MSc

Research Associate Preanalytics

Research & Development Service Laboratories
Sysmex Inostics GmbH

During her Master’s program in Technical Biochemistry, Inga joined Sysmex Inostics 2013 for preparing her thesis on “Evaluation of Blood Collection Tubes for circulating cell-free tumor DNA analysis.” Since 2014, she is employed as a Research Associate focusing on preanalytical investigations at Sysmex Inostics R&D department.

Inga’s main areas of activity are blood collection tubes, storage and shipment, as well as plasma preparation conditions, DNA extraction methods, qPCR analysis and BEAMing technology. She presented data on Streck cfDNA blood collection tubes for liquid biopsy testing at the CNAPS congress (Berlin, 2015) and the AACR Annual Meeting (New Orleans, 2016).