The increasing amount of sample and information sharing between biobanks and research facilities has ignited major discussions on how to successfully grow and maintain biobanks. With talks surrounding effective practices required for the management of specimen collections and repositories to ensure preservation of the integrity and future value of specimens, as well as practical implementation issues relating to privacy and confidentiality of research participants, this is a crucial time for the industry.

SMI are proud to present the 5th annual Biobanking Conference, 22nd – 23rd June 2015, London. Through a series of interactive presentations, panel discussions and roundtables, this meeting will feature innovative discussions on relevant and critical issues on how to improve biobanking practices.

With a comprehensive overview of current issues and ongoing considerations in biobanking relevant to both new and seasoned biobank stakeholders, this is a must attend event.

Key topics will include:
• How to improve sample management and utilisation
• Biobank interoperability with EU initiatives focusing on the harmonisation of quality standards and data
• Introducing robust strategies to overcome challenges in terms of storage and governance of samples
• Understanding why quality management is essential for the consistent and optimal operation of a repository


“It addresses some of the key issues that face biobanks within the UK” – Arden Tissue Bank

“This meeting will deal with all major issues affecting Biobanks including an update of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)” – Brain Bank Consultants

“So many people interested in this topic and experts with differing expertise sharing their knowledge”
– University of Leicester

“Wide range of attendees, the scope of discussions and the opportunity for networking”
- Wide cells Ltd

“Opportunity to hear about the bio banking industry and discuss key issues with people in the field”
National Institute for Biological Standards & Control

“The diverse backgrounds of the speakers should make it an excellent conference”
KCL Infectious Diseases Biobank 

This two day networking event will invite in depth discussion of the key drivers impacting Biobanking. Join us and discover what is going in this burgeoning market to:

• Engage with leading biobank researchers and discuss evidence based best practices in biobanking
• An update on latest technological developments in the field
• Network with industry leaders on the current state of biospecimen consent and future options
• Up to date focus on how specimen collection centres can strengthen their practices through the identification of areas in need of improvement


Heads of Department, Directors, Managers, Team Leaders of:

Biological Sample Management
Biosample Management
Personalised Medicine
Translational Medicine
Lab Management
Inventory Management
Molecular Technologies
Biologics Research
Data Privacy/Protection/Security Officers
Quality Control and Quality ManagementResearch and Development
Supply Chain
Population based biobanks
Disease based biobanks
Hospital Trusts
Research Institutes
Tecnology Transfer

Aarhus University; Affymetrix; Astra Zeneca; BioFortis, Inc.; Council Of Europe; Dataworks Development Inc; F Hoffmann -La Roche Inc; Fisher BioServices; Galopagos SASU; GSK; Hoffman La Roche; INSERM; Institute Of Neurology; Kings College London; LABVANTAGE Solutuions, Inc. ; Leo Pharma; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Medical University of Graz; MedImmune; MRC Clinical Trials Unit; MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine; National Institute For Biological Standards & Control; Novartis Horsham Research Centre; NWLH TRUST - ST MARK'S HOSPITAL; Roche; Roche Products; Royal Free Hospital; Sanofi-Aventis; Sequenom, Inc.; SGS Life Science Services; Tissue Solutions; UCL Medical School Royal Free Campus; University College London; University Hospital Southampton; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; Wonkwang University School of Medicine; Ziath Ltd;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Brian Thomson

Dr Brian Thomson, Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank, , Director Research Department of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals

9:10 UK Biobank: your resource for all types of health-related research

Professor Sir Rory Collins

Professor Sir Rory Collins, British Heart Foundation Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Head , Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK Biobank

• 500‎,000 men and women aged 40-69 recruited during 2006-2010 from across the UK
• Consent for all types of health-related research‎ by academic or commercial researchers, for linkage to all types of health-related records, and for re-contact
• Intensive characterisation of participants, including lifestyle, environment, medical history, sample assays (and stored samples), and imaging data
• Comprehensive follow-up, and detailed characterisation, of a wide range of health outcomes (including not just linkage to health records but also direct to participants)

9:50 Oxford Biobank – the use of population-based resources for recall projects: Recruit-by-genotype and recruit-by-phenotype

Professor Fredrik Karpe

Professor Fredrik Karpe, Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Hon Consultant Physician, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oxford Biobank

• Description of population resources to recruit study participants
• Ethics and consent procedures
• Provide real examples of successful projects using the recall-by-genotype model

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Banking stem cells for future therapies

Professor Glyn Stacey

Professor Glyn Stacey, Director , UK Stem Cell Bank, Division of Advanced Therapies, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control - MHRA

• Importance of careful selection of cell source
• Qualification of raw materials and cell banks
• Regulatory challenges of delivering stem cell-based therapies

11:40 Ethics and Biobanking Practice

Dr Susan E.  Wallace

Dr Susan E. Wallace, Lecturer of Population & Public Health Sciences, University Of Leicester

• Policies and practices governing relationships between biobanks, contributors and users
• Ethical dilemmas raised by developments in the linking and sharing of biobank data
• The changing nature of expectations and the need to promote greater trust

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 Guidance for being compliant with personal data protection regulations

Anne Bahr

Anne Bahr, R&D Privacy Officer, Compliance, Sanofi

• What is personal data protection?
• Why is it important
• Definitions & principles/rules
• Guidance for de-identification of health data
• Code of Practice for secondary use of human data and samples


14:00 Update on upcoming EU data protection regulations

• Reviewing guidelines relating to transnational exchange of data and patient samples for genetic analysis
• Determining what the new changes and how this impacts on  current procedures
• Preparing  for the impact it impact this will have on the biomedical  research community
• How will this affect the correlation of information in the centre and the with the patient

Dr Brian Thomson

Dr Brian Thomson, Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank, , Director Research Department of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals

Professor Fredrik Karpe

Professor Fredrik Karpe, Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Hon Consultant Physician, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oxford Biobank

Nita Solanky

Nita Solanky, Manager, Genetics & Epigenetics in Health and Diseases, Institute of Child Health, UCL, Baby Bio Bank

Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero

Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero, Senior Teaching Fellow, Genetics and Genomic Medicine /UCL Genetics Institute, , Institute of Child Health

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Adding value to your clinical study through a successful Bio-Banking strategy

Balwir Matharoo-Ball

Balwir Matharoo-Ball, Deputy Director of Nottingham Health Science Biobank, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham Health Science Biobank

• Biobanking infrastructure has a critical impact on the discovery, impact and implementation of new drugs
• Biospecimens must be linked to high quality clinical data informative of phenotype
• It is essential to harmonise biobanking procedures and to develop innovative solutions supporting biobanking interoperability and specimen sharing

16:30 Establishing BioBanking networks

Dr John Cason

Dr John Cason, Senior Lecturer in Virology, Director, Kings College London Infectious Diseases BioBank

• Extending local and national collaborations
• Broadening the remit
• Establishing International links

17:10 From specimen to biomarker? Biobanks in discovery of novel candidate biomarkers for neurological disorders

Dr Rivka Ravid

Dr Rivka Ravid, Director, Brain Bank Consultants

• Valid CNS biomarkers facilitate early detection and differential disgnosis of neurological disorders
• Quality control ofbBiobank specimens – high quality specimens are the only way to  identify novel candidate biomarkers
• Should CSF analysis be considered in patinets with cognitive problems and will CSF analysis become a routine procedure  in people with memory complaints?

17:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr Brian Thomson

Dr Brian Thomson, Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank, , Director Research Department of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals

9:10 Hospital biobanks - use of specimens and clinical information in building an innovation platform

Professor Olli Carpen

Professor Olli Carpen, Professor of Biobank Research, Pathology, Auria Biobank, University of Turku, Finland

• How to integrate biobanking into hospital routine
• Biobank is as good as sample-associated information – the importance of EHRs
• Linking biobank samples and associated information – case studies
• Public-private partnership models for hospital biobanks


9:50 Biobanking as a Platform for Stratified Medicine

Dr Brian Thomson

Dr Brian Thomson, Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank, , Director Research Department of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals

• There is worldwide shift in clinical practice towards personalised or stratified medicine
• The creation of a stratified medicine platform for clinical service is embedded in the NHS Five Year Plan
• Stratified/Precision medicine and diagnostics are a rapidly growing commercial sector
• Biobanking has an essential role to play in the development and implementation of stratified medicine

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 The Baby Bio Bank: A legacy for researchers worldwide into common complications of pregnancy

The Baby Bio Bank - a collection of 55,000 biological samples and medical data from pregnancies affected by recurrent miscarriage, preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction and pre-eclampsia
• Setting up and coordinating a multi-site Biobank
• Recruiting additional family members and neonates
• Dealing with large data and sample sets
• Sustainability

Nita Solanky

Nita Solanky, Manager, Genetics & Epigenetics in Health and Diseases, Institute of Child Health, UCL, Baby Bio Bank

Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero

Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero, Senior Teaching Fellow, Genetics and Genomic Medicine /UCL Genetics Institute, , Institute of Child Health

11:40 Working with ethical challenges in spermbanking

Annemette  Arndal-Lauritzen

Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen, CEO, European Sperm Bank

• Considering donors, women and children
• Genes - how much do we really want to know?
• Where are we going, and what will that mean?

12:10 Networking Lunch

13:20 Arden Tissue Bank- A journeyman’s story

Sean James

Sean James, Tissue Bank Manager, , University Hospital’s Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Arden Tissue Bank

• Past … an overview of the development of the Tissue Bank
• Present… insight into where we are at the moment
• Future… outlook at where the Tissue Bank needs to be going forward and what steps need to be taken


14:00 Facilitating the use of biobanks

Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert, Centre for AIDS Reagents, Division of Virology, National Institute For Biological Standards & Control

• Discussing the current challenges for people wanting to use biobanks
o How do biobanks know what to collect
o Reviewing how researchers access samples
o How can we better link researchers with biobanks

14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Biobanking Automation

Dr Karine Sargsyan

Dr Karine Sargsyan, Chief Operating Officer, Biobank Graz, Medical University of Graz

• The growing need for automated biobanking
• Store capacity and duration of storage
• Pre – and/ Post-storage automated tube picking
• What is acceptable pricing for biosample automation?
• Next big step for biorespositories?

15:50 Big Data in Biobanks - biomarkers and signature discovery from biobank data

Gordana Apic

Gordana Apic, Director, Cambridge Cell Networks

• Many high-throughput technologies can be applied to Biobank samples to identify candidate biomarkers or molecular signatures predictive of diseases
• All technologies have issues related to incompleteness, insensitivity and false positives that can ultimately lead to false or missed signals.  Over a decade of research has suggested that incorporation of prior knowledge is the best way to arrive at high-confidence and mechanistically relevant biomarkers or signatures
• Interrogation of a vast network of curated data related to biological pathways, biomolecular interactions, and relationships between molecules and diseases can lead to rational suggestions of biomarkers.

16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two



Annemette  Arndal-Lauritzen

Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen

CEO, European Sperm Bank
Dr Brian Thomson

Dr Brian Thomson

Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank, , Director Research Department of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals
Professor Glyn Stacey

Professor Glyn Stacey

Director , UK Stem Cell Bank, Division of Advanced Therapies, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control - MHRA
Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert

Centre for AIDS Reagents, Division of Virology, National Institute For Biological Standards & Control

Anne Bahr

R&D Privacy Officer, Compliance, Sanofi
Anne Bahr

Annemette Arndal-Lauritzen

CEO, European Sperm Bank
Annemette  Arndal-Lauritzen

Balwir Matharoo-Ball

Deputy Director of Nottingham Health Science Biobank, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham Health Science Biobank
Balwir Matharoo-Ball

Dr Brian Thomson

Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank, , Director Research Department of Research and Innovation, Nottingham University Hospitals
Dr Brian Thomson

Dr John Cason

Senior Lecturer in Virology, Director, Kings College London Infectious Diseases BioBank
Dr John Cason

Dr Karine Sargsyan

Chief Operating Officer, Biobank Graz, Medical University of Graz
Dr Karine Sargsyan

Dr Rivka Ravid

Director, Brain Bank Consultants
Dr Rivka Ravid

Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero

Senior Teaching Fellow, Genetics and Genomic Medicine /UCL Genetics Institute, , Institute of Child Health
Dr Sayeda Abu-Amero

Dr Susan E. Wallace

Lecturer of Population & Public Health Sciences, University Of Leicester
Dr Susan E.  Wallace

Gordana Apic

Director, Cambridge Cell Networks
Gordana Apic

Mark Gonzalez

Technical Director , Labware Europe
Mark Gonzalez

Nita Solanky

Manager, Genetics & Epigenetics in Health and Diseases, Institute of Child Health, UCL, Baby Bio Bank
Nita Solanky

Professor Fredrik Karpe

Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Hon Consultant Physician, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Oxford Biobank
Professor Fredrik Karpe

Professor Glyn Stacey

Director , UK Stem Cell Bank, Division of Advanced Therapies, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control - MHRA
Professor Glyn Stacey

Professor Olli Carpen

Professor of Biobank Research, Pathology, Auria Biobank, University of Turku, Finland
Professor Olli Carpen

Professor Sir Rory Collins

British Heart Foundation Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, and Head , Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, UK Biobank
Professor Sir Rory Collins

Sarah Gilbert

Centre for AIDS Reagents, Division of Virology, National Institute For Biological Standards & Control
Sarah Gilbert

Sean James

Tissue Bank Manager, , University Hospital’s Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Arden Tissue Bank
Sean James

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Choose the well-connected Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park hotel, with a superb central London location and speedy transport links. Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park is in a leafy and cosmopolitan area of central London, a 10-minute walk from bustling Oxford Street. Leave your car in our NCP managed underground car park, and explore London by Tube. Great Portland Street Tube station is 25 metres from the hotel, from where you can reach the City and Canary Wharf in 30 minutes, and London Heathrow Airport in 45 minutes.

Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel, and you can invite up to 300 people to events at the Academy Conference Centre, with an IT technician and break-out zones. Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park is a 10-minute walk from Santander's offices and businesses in the BT Tower. Stroll 5 minutes to Regent's Park, where you'll find London Zoo and pretty Primrose Hill. We're a 10-minute walk from Bond Street boutiques and 20 minutes from Buckingham Palace and cruises on the River Thames.

Ask our Concierge to plan your day out and book West End theatre tickets. Room Service is available 24 hours at Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park, or dine in the vibrant Junction Restaurant. Our Junction Bar has a menu of light bites, and a hot breakfast buffet is served daily.



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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