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SMi’s 9th Annual Conference
Biobanking
September 25-26, 2019 | London, United Kingdom
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With the estimated revenues of the global biobanking industry reaching US$ 27.54 billion in 2020, backed by an explosive CAGR of 9.5% between now and 2026. This market growth is fuelled by the increasing drive towards precision and personalised medicine and thus, quality biosamples are now in soaring demand.


Come join us in September 2019 and; thoroughly understand the latest developments in the biobanking industry; network with the industry experts and key opinion leaders; gain insight into how the biobanking industry at the forefront at driving precision medicine and enhancing research and discover ‘Drone4Care’, how drone delivery of biosamples can be a reality. 


The event will bring together internationally recognised biorepositories, scientific pioneers from pharmaceutical companies, and academics to strengthen current knowledge in biosample management and their research applications. We will cover the most relevant hot topics including: the latest biorepository technological breakthroughs, the best practices in biobanking, shifts in the biosample regulation landscape, the international biobank societies with ESBB and ISBER, along with a whole host of successful biobanking business model structures to help reinvigorate your biobank.
 

• Discover 'Drone4care' from Laurent Dollé, the innovative and daring plan to use drones for the delivery of biomaterial. Additionally, he will be detailing the new promising technology of Tissue Microarray, a bioprocessing technology that can reduced the number of needed biosamples for research from 200 down to 1


• Hear from UK Biobank on the continual impact of GDPR on the biobanking landscape


• Learn about a diverse range of the most successful biobanking business models from real case studies


• Gain insight from the global biobank collaboration societies of ESBB and ISBER, see how you can place your biobank on the international stage
 

Head of Biobanks, Project Managers, Senior Scientists, Biobank Operations Managers, Senior Directors, Research Directors, Regulation Managers, Legal Advisors, Deputy Managers, Business Development Directors, CEO & Founders, Clinical Leads, Operating Directors, Principal Scientists, Senior R&D Managers, Principal Advisors, Heads of Marker Scouting and Sample Bank, Directors of Clinical Sample Science, Legal Counsels, Lead Scientists, Heads of Data Services & Biobanking, Executive Managers, Presidents, Medical Directors, Heads of Laboratory Services and Biobanking, Technical Coordinators, Program Directors, Heads of Laboratory Compliance, Lab Supervisors in Biosample & Repository Management Operations, Senior Directors of Human Biosample Governance, Biorepository & Program Management Global Leads
 

AbbVie GmbH & Co.KG; Ablynx nv; Bayer; Biostor Ireland; Bloodwise Childhood Leukaemia Cell Bank; Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank; Dublin Brain Bank ; Duke University School of Medicine; Ethical Tissue; European Sperm Bank UK Ltd.; Future Health Biobank; Gencove; GlaxoSmithKline; Health Interactive, Inc.; HRC Collaborative Centre; Human Tissue Authority; Institute Of Food Research (I F R); Instituto de Salud Carlos III; IQM; King’s College London; Kings College London; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Medical Research Council; Modul-Bio; MRC Brain Banks Network; National Institute for Biological Standards and Control; NIBSC; NIBSC/MHRA; OpenSpecimen; Roche Products Ltd; SPD; Telethon Foundation, Tigem, Naples.; The Faroese Biobank; Topa Thermal; UCL; UCL - Queen Square Brain Bank; UCL Institute of Neurology; UK Biocentre; University of birmingham; University of Nottingham;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Laurent Dollé

Laurent Dollé, Operating Director, BWB (Biothéque Wallonie Bruxelles)
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9:10 FinnGen: how to effectively collect and maintain 100,000 patient samples and utilising biobank clinical data to drive precision medicine, with the fundamental concepts of biobanking

Eero Punkka

Eero Punkka , Acting Director of Helsinki Biobank, University Of Helsinki

• Discover the magnitude of FinnGen’s 100,000 patient’s samples and understand the importance of hospital data lake for clinical data
• Grasp the strategy and work flows of Helsinki Biobank for sample collection and clinical data analytics processes as well as ongoing projects that combines both processes
• Outlining the biorepository process and learn how effective research translation will drive precision medicine

 

9:50 A case study of BioBank AS, a biorepository focused on nonhuman biosamples

Dr. Sigbjorn Gregusson

Dr. Sigbjorn Gregusson, Managing Director, BioBank AS
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• Our definition of a biobank: BioBank AS as a tool for breeding animals, fish and plants
• Our market: BioBank's customer structure
• Our journey over the past 10 years: Development in livestock farming from phenotype to genomic selection
• Our challenges: Focus on core business and the value of cooperating partners
• Our success: Commercial operation, competence-intensive small-scale business
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Regulatory hurdle to accessing biobanking for research, the implications, the workaround and possible improvements for regulators

Dr. Joanna Baxter

Dr. Joanna Baxter, Lead Scientist, Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank
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• Recognising the hurdles imposed by regulators to approval process, the work arounds and possible changes for regulators to streamline ethics applications. Joanna will also highlight the underestimation in legal counsel resource required by Universities and biobanks, many research projects could thrive if they are powered by sufficiently in ethics and regulatory affairs
• Why is transparency needed between biobanks through biosharing to prevent wastage of investigation resources
• Learn of the different biobanks business models with higher or lower upfront funding of biobanks and their long-term strategy and sustainability, which is more applicable to your biobank
 

11:40 Education and consciousness of end-users are key elements of the success stories of biobanks– Time for change with strategic thinking and End-users Outreach

Laurent Dollé

Laurent Dollé, Operating Director, BWB (Biothéque Wallonie Bruxelles)
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• Learn of ‘’Drone4Care’’ and how drones can be used for your biosamples delivery
• Detailing the cold-chain transport process, and describing the costs associated in maintaining desired quality of control by researchers
• Discovering novel bioprocessing technology, tissue microarray (TMA) that can can reduce number of biosamples needed from 200 down to 1
• Exploring ‘’Thinking outside the box’’ business strategies for biobanks to learn better cost recovery model for biobanks
 

12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 The importance of quality management systems in biobanking and guidelines for data quality improvement

Dr. Veronique T'Joen

Dr. Veronique T'Joen, Biobank Manager, Bioresource Centre Ghent
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• Focus on the different QMS norms and guidelines that are available for biobanks and why it is important to implement a quality management system
• Understand how quality management system not only increases general quality of the biobank samples but also the quality of all related biobank processes, such as provided services, administration and data capture/storage
• Dive onto strategies to harmonize and improve data quality, making samples more accessible for research purposes

 

14:00 The Medical Research Council UK Brain Bank Network: an invaluable research resource in the study of neurological conditions

• Case study introducing the central role of the Medical Research Council UK Brain Bank Network in the research community
• The application process including sample availability and linkage of biosample data
• Driving neurological research: The impact and scope of the MRC UK brain bank database
• RFTrackIT sample tracking system and cost recovery
 

Dr. Laura Palmer

Dr. Laura Palmer, Brain Bank Manager, UK Brain Bank Network
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Richard Cain

Richard Cain, Database Manager, UK Brain Bank Network
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14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10 Biobanking: an R&D enabler for infectious disease diagnostics

Dr. Stefano Ongarello

Dr. Stefano Ongarello, Head of Data Services & Biobanking, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)
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15:50 Challenges in sample standardisation for successful international biobank collaboration, how to drive precision medicine for cancer

Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis

Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis, Head, Laboratory Services and Biobanking, IARC/ WHO
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• The regulation and bioethics complications between international borders and cross continents
• Current developments for oncology precision medicine due to IARC/WHO’s efforts
• How to increase partnerships of biobanks, academics and pharmaceutical companies world wide to drive innovation
• The challenges faced by IARA Biobank and their solutions

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Dr. Jens K.Habermann

Dr. Jens K.Habermann, ESBB President Head, Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lubeck, ESBB
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9:10 Connecting Biobanks with Public Molecular Archives: Achieving Maximum FAIRness of BioSamples

Tony Burdett

Tony Burdett, Technical Team Leader, Archival Infrastructure and Technology, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
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In this talk, Tony will present several targeted efforts at EMBL-EBI for improving FAIRness of data generated from Biobanks samples:
· Incorporation of full p-value GWAS summary statistics in conjunction with Open Targets and UK Biobank
· New machine learning based tools for improving metadata quality
· Annotation, validation and interoperability of biosample metadata using EMBL-EBI's "semantics as a service" tool suite
· Lightweight metadata exchange mechanisms between BioSamples and biobanks.
 

9:50 Sustainable biobank cost recovery model case study: Duke University Medical Centre Biobank

Marybeth Joshi

Marybeth Joshi, Mary-Beth Joshi, Director, Biobank & translational Research Core, Duke University School of Medicine
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• Cost recovery model of Duke University Medical Centre Biobank: a biobank as a service point for scientific investigators, accepting and processing biosamples
• How to increase biosample data usage and collaboration by having referring sample level data to clinical data through multiple linkers
• Addressing the biobankers’ phenomenon of ‘This is the last sample.’
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Human Pluripotent Stem Cells: Paving the way for clinical applications

Sofia Spyrou

Sofia Spyrou, Project Manager, UK Stem Cell Bank
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• Discovery the latest innovative concepts on Stem Cells Biobanking
• How important are stem cells quality controls
• Methods to personalising iPS Banking
• Banking of clinical grade human Pluripotent Stem Cells
 

11:40 Increasing utilisation of Ukrainian biobanks by researchers to increase their significances

• Case study to learn how to drive collaborations between biobanks and researchers
• The challenges and successes for Ukraine Association of Biobank
• The business model adapted by the Ukrainian biobank at a national level
 

Dr. Svetlana Gramatiuk

Dr. Svetlana Gramatiuk , President and medical director Ukraine Association of Biobank, Ukraine Association of Biobank
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12:20 Networking Lunch

13:20 How biobanks and strategic partnerships can empower biosharing, by supporting precision medicine: a Lübeck and ESBB perspective

Dr. Jens K.Habermann

Dr. Jens K.Habermann, ESBB President Head, Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lubeck, ESBB
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• Learn of the challenges and current solutions to resource sharing, data harmonization and standardisation
• What are the hurdles in IT infrastructure, GDPR and interconnectivity
• How to partner biobanks with researches to optimise precision medicines
• Understand the current developments of the national, international and global biobank networks and discovery the opportunities created
 

14:00 The Evolution of ISBER (The International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories)

Dr. Alison Parry-Jones

Dr. Alison Parry-Jones, Directors-at-Large, ISBER; Biobank Manager, Wales Cancer Bank
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After 20 years, ISBER and their 4th Edition Best Practices continue to evolve and support the global approach to repository management. In this session, David will share highlights and global trends in biobanking. In addition, he will spend time discuss the new ISBER Best Practices, Cryogenic Storage Facility addendum done in conjunction with the Society for Cryobiology. This addendum was developed to support the research associated with the use of cells and other products reliant on storage temperatures below -135C (Tg).

14:40 The ME/CFS Biobank specialised by disease and the current development of the EUROMENE network

Jack Butterworth

Jack Butterworth, Department Manager, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

• How to and why specialise a biobank by disease
• The current precision medicine development for neurological conditions fuelled by biosamples
• What is the EUROMENE network, what are their objectives and how to take part
• The challenges faced by ME/CFS Biobank and their solutions

15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks

Dr. Jens K.Habermann

Dr. Jens K.Habermann, ESBB President Head, Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lubeck, ESBB
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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Alison Parry-Jones

Dr. Alison Parry-Jones

Directors-at-Large, ISBER; Biobank Manager, Wales Cancer Bank
Dr. Jens K.Habermann

Dr. Jens K.Habermann

ESBB President Head, Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lubeck, ESBB
Dr. Svetlana Gramatiuk

Dr. Svetlana Gramatiuk

President and medical director Ukraine Association of Biobank, Ukraine Association of Biobank
Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis

Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis

Head, Laboratory Services and Biobanking, IARC/ WHO
Laurent Dollé

Laurent Dollé

Operating Director, BWB (Biothéque Wallonie Bruxelles)
Marybeth Joshi

Marybeth Joshi

Mary-Beth Joshi, Director, Biobank & translational Research Core, Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Alison Parry-Jones

Directors-at-Large, ISBER; Biobank Manager, Wales Cancer Bank
Dr. Alison Parry-Jones

Alison Parry-Jones is the Manager of the Wales Cancer Bank (WCB) based in Cardiff. Her PhD is in analytical chemistry, she has an MA in Medical Ethics and Law and she is a PRINCE2 registered practitioner.

She is the Director-at-Large for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and is part of a working group with ASCP developing a biorepository qualification. She is one of two UK representatives on the common service ELSI team for the BBMRI-ERIC and is a member of the Steering committee for the UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre.
 

Dr. Eliana M Lacerda

Clinical Assistant Professor - UKMEB Research Lead, London School Of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dr. Eliana M Lacerda

Dr Mattos Lacerda is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, co-founder of the UK Myalgic-Encephalomielytis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Biobank (UKMEB), and Vice-Chair of the EUROMENE (European ME/CFS Network). The UKMEB is a disease-specific bioresource, which was established to prompt high-quality biomedical research in the field, and which was nominated runner-up for the 2018 UK Biobank of the Year Award. EUROMENE brings together researchers and clinicians from over 20 countries in Europe, aiming to develop standards for research and health services for people with ME/CFS in the continent.
 

Dr. Jens K.Habermann

ESBB President Head, Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lubeck, ESBB
Dr. Jens K.Habermann

Professor Jens K. Habermann, M.D., PH.D., is Director of ICB-L (Interdisciplinary Center for Biobanking-Lübeck) and Scientific Director of UCCL (University Cancer Center Lübeck) at the University of Lübeck and University Clinic Schleswig-Holstein. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden) and Postdoc training at the NCI, NIH (Bethesda, USA). As specialist in human genetics, he combines clinical routine, biobanking, and cancer research to optimize individualized medicine by targeting tumor heterogeneity and applying liquid biopsies. Prof. Habermann is President of ESBB (European, Middle Eastern & African Society for Biopreservation & Biobanking) and board member of GBA (German Biobank Alliance).
 

Dr. Joanna Baxter

Lead Scientist, Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank
Dr. Joanna Baxter

Joanna Baxter completed her PhD in 2003 from the University of Southampton, UK, studying rare chromosomal translocations and mutations in myeloid malignancies with Prof Nick Cross. Her postdoctoral studies included the discovery of the JAK2 mutation in MPNs in the lab of Prof Tony Green in Cambridge, before moving into her current role in 2009. She is the Lead Scientist and Custodian at Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank, a resource for research into Haematological malignancies, stem cells, normal haematopoiesis and immune developement, based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus on the Addenbrookes Hospital site in Cambrdge. Alongside promoting biobanking in blood cancer research she is married with two young children.
 

Dr. Laura Palmer

Brain Bank Manager, UK Brain Bank Network
Dr. Laura Palmer

My biography is as follows: Dr Laura Palmer studied at the University of Bristol where she completed her degree in Pathology & Microbiology and later her PhD in Neuroscience. Laura joined the South West Dementia Brain (SWDBB) in 2004 as a research technician and now manages this important resource and its team. Whilst working in her SWDBBB role, Laura undertook a part-time PhD between 2006 and 2014 that was almost entirely conducted upon tissue from the SWDBB. Her research involved the Renin Angiotensin System (an important enzyme pathway and signalling system that acts to control blood pressure, fluid balance and hormone secretion) and Alzheimer's disease.
 

Dr. Sigbjorn Gregusson

Managing Director, BioBank AS
Dr. Sigbjorn Gregusson

Exam in Veterinary medicine: University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, 1982
Veterinary Specialist in Public Health medicine: 1997->
Technical expert in Microbiology and Food Safety/ Assessor Accreditation bodies: 1986-2017

Clinical practitioner for several years included Public health and Meat control
Chief Hygiene officer of the Norwegian Army
Chief Veterinary officer of Municipal food control for more than one decade
Chief Executive Manager of a Norwegian laboratory company for another decade

Present: Executive Manager of BioBank AS (Ltd) in Hamar, Norway (2008 ->)

International missions in developing countries on Food safety and quality control and assessments for microbiological laboratories.

Experienced in Food safety and Public health.
Broad laboratory competence including management, logistics, LIMS, microbiology.
Biobank competence for animal repositories, biodata recording, breed and pedigree control
Management.
 

Dr. Stefano Ongarello

Head of Data Services & Biobanking, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND)
Dr. Stefano Ongarello

As Head of Data Services and Biobanking at FIND, Dr. Stefano Ongarello oversees the data-related activities of the organization, including data-driven decisions, statistical planning and analysis, data managing of clinical trials, and the operational aspects of the specimen bank.
In his previous roles, he worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry in biomarker discovery, focusing on personalized medicine, mostly in oncology and rheumatology, and more recently on diagnostics for HIV.
Stefano graduated in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, and later obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from the same university.
 

Dr. Svetlana Gramatiuk

President and medical director Ukraine Association of Biobank, Ukraine Association of Biobank
Dr. Svetlana Gramatiuk

Svetlana Gramatiuk - President Ukraine Association of Biobank, has over 14 years of experience in Biobank and Pathophysiology, establishing and managing several biobanks in Ukraine. She has an in-depth knowledge of oncology biomarker research, designing clinical development programs while meeting an ethical and regulatory standard. She has a Master's degree in Biobanking in Medical University Graz and has completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Kharkiv Postgraduate Medical Academy

Dr. Veronique T'Joen

Biobank Manager, Bioresource Centre Ghent
Dr. Veronique T'Joen

Dr. Veronique T’Joen is Biobank Manager of the Bioresource center Ghent. She obtained her Master degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2006, with a specialization in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. She worked two years as a process engineer for the Red Cross tissue banks (Cord blood and stem cell banks).
Subsequently, she earned a PhD further specializing herself in cell culture techniques (hESC) and cryopreservation/thawing techniques. Since 2012, she is the biobank manager at Ghent University Hospital. She has set up a central state-of-the-art biobank facility, with a quality and data management system. She is an expert in operational biobank planning (sample flows, collection, storage, distribution), quality management (national and international biobank guidelines, CEN/TS standards, ISO standards) and ethical-legal issues.
 

Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis

Head, Laboratory Services and Biobanking, IARC/ WHO
Dr. Zisis Kozlakidis

Dr Zisis Kozlakidis is the Head of Laboratories and Biobanking at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO). He is responsible for one of the largest and most varied international collections of clinical samples in the world, focusing on gene–environment interactions and disease-based collections. This WHO infrastructure supports multinational efforts in making treatments possible and delivering those to resource-restricted settings.
 
Dr Kozlakidis is the immediate past President of ISBER, member of the BBMRI-ERIC Management Council and a Scientific Advisor at PTEN Foundation, UK. He holds faculty positions in China (Central South University), and the UK (Cass Business School).

Dr Kozlakidis is a virologist, with a PhD in microbiology from Imperial College London. He has extensive experience working with corporate industry, and has served as an advisor to healthcare start-ups. He is Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Academy of Sciences, UK, and a Turnberg Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
 

Eero Punkka

Acting Director of Helsinki Biobank, University Of Helsinki
Eero Punkka

Jack Butterworth

Department Manager, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Jack Butterworth

Laurent Dollé

Operating Director, BWB (Biothéque Wallonie Bruxelles)
Laurent Dollé

Laurent Dollé is a scientist in Biomedical Sciences with 16 years of
experience in Cell Biology and Molecular Biology with interests on
healthcare systems and innovative technologies/devises. Laurent
has a deep knowledge in the fild of breast cancer research (growth,
migration, invasion and metastasis), in hepatology (firosis, cirrhosis,
and hepatocarcinoma), and liver regeneration (stem cells, liver repair
and therapies, mouse models).
In 2012, Laurent became Assistant Professor at the Free University of
Brussels VUB, and from 2016, he became the operating manager of
the biobanks network from Wallonia-Brussels regions (BWB) allowing
him to accumulate a profound awareness on the vast ecosystem of
Biobanking (collection, harvesting, storage, distribution compliant with
international quality standards (GLP/GMP and ISO standards) and
regulations (law and royal decree). Since September 2017, Laurent is
the managing director at BWB.
 

Marybeth Joshi

Mary-Beth Joshi, Director, Biobank & translational Research Core, Duke University School of Medicine
Marybeth Joshi

For more than two decades Mary-Beth has been instrumental in the development, implementation, and management of biospecimen and clinical data repositories and associated experimental data within Duke University. Between 2010 and 2014, she assisted with the development and implementation of Duke’s first enterprise-wide biorespository (BioDuke). During this time she led the enterprise-wide standardized biobanking terminology project to unify clinical research biobanking informatics. In 2014, she partnered with the Department of Surgery to develop Substrate Services and Research Support Core (SSCRS). SSCRS serves as an integrated research support service to provide a standardized source for patient samples to be collected and clinically liked to biological profile. Mary-Beth now serves as the Director of SSCRS and as the Senior Director of BioDuke.
 

Richard Cain

Database Manager, UK Brain Bank Network
Richard Cain

Richard is a Microsoft certified software developer specialising in database technology and its applications for healthcare research.
He is currently the database developer and manager for the MRC brain banks network and “Brains for Dementia Research” and has developed the UKBBN database and web-application https://brainbanknetwork.cse.bris.ac.uk, which is a secure online tool allowing biobanks, researchers, and funders to manage and view data across 10 tissue-banks distributed through the UK.
 

Sofia Spyrou

Project Manager, UK Stem Cell Bank
Sofia Spyrou

Sofia Spyrou has over six years of experience as a production manager. She joined the UK Stem Cell Bank at NIBSC in 2016 and currently manages the day to day banking operations. Her focus is to review, bank and distribute the MRC funded “EUTCD-Grade” human embryonic stem cell lines. This requires following the Human Tissue Authority’s directions on meeting the EU Tissue and Cells Directive. Sofia is responsible for overseeing the complete UK Stem Cell Bank banking process which includes due diligence, banking under GMP conditions, validated QC testing and distributing lines to both national and international customers.   
 

Tony Burdett

Technical Team Leader, Archival Infrastructure and Technology, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Tony Burdett

Tony Burdett leads the Archival Infrastructure and Technology team, developing services and delivering infrastructure to support the activities of EMBL-EBI’s molecular archives. He joined EMBL-EBI in 2005 and has personally built and led development teams for many resources such as the GWAS Catalog, ArrayExpress, the Expression Atlas and BioSamples. His team now develops the ingestion service for the Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform.
Tony has a biological and medical background, having spent some time at medical school before graduating with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a MRes in Bioinformatics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has a special interest in developing federated, cloud-based data platforms and has many years of experience in developing semantically-rich RESTful APIs for the submission and distribution of life sciences data. He takes pride in his ability to marry profoundly complex biological problems with the very latest development techniques to create highly accomplished, open source, reusable software and services.

 

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An interview with DR. ELIANA M LACERDA

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An interview with DR. STEFANO ONGARELLO, FIND

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An interview with DR. LAURA PALMER

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An interview with DR. VERONIQUE T'JOEN, Bioresource Centre Ghent

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Relevant BioBanking News

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An interview with DR. ZISIS KOZLAKIDIS, IARC/ WHO

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An interview with DR. SIGBJORN GREGUSSON, Biobank AS

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Presentation by Mary-Beth Joshi, BioDuke

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Founded in 2000, Technology Networks is established as the leading news provider for life science and drug discovery professionals. In addition, we provide unique content including webcasts, videos, application notes and posters from recent conferences. Our portfolio now includes around 30 focussed scientific communities, all of which are accessible free of charge within TechnologyNetworks.com


Biopreservation & Biobanking Journal

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Biopreservation and Biobanking is the first journal to provide a unifying forum for the peer-reviewed communication of recent advances in the emerging and evolving field of biospecimen procurement, processing, preservation, and banking. The Journal publishes a range of original articles focusing on current challenges and problems related to the processing of macromolecules, cells, and tissues. It also explores the ethical, legal, and societal considerations surrounding biobanking and biorepository operation.


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MedChemNet provides a unique and unparalleled platform for the medicinal chemistry community to share insights, discuss the latest research, and help move the field forward. MedChemNet covers all aspects of the drug discovery pipeline, from target identification and validation, through computer aided drug design (CADD), synthesis, screening and other biophysical techniques, to development of novel lead compounds and pre-clinical in vivo proof of concept. We also cover the design of synthetic drug delivery carriers and ADME/toxicology studies, as well as intellectual property and economic related issues. Website: Welcome to Pharma News HQ, the journal dedicated to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical contract services. With regular sections on contract manufacturing, contract research, contract packaging, formulation/development services, contract analytical testing, APIs, stability testing, clinical research and other areas, we bring the most complete coverage of trends and issues in the industry. Pharmanewshq.com is the only website focusing specifically on issues relevant to pharmaceutical professionals working with technology, be it development, engineering, IT or production.


Pharmaceutical Technology

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Pharmaceutical-technology.com is the only website focusing specifically on issues relevant to pharmaceutical professionals working with technology, be it development, engineering, IT or production. Pharmaceutical-technology.com brings you the latest in industry projects and updates, along with the news, views and trends that leading professionals – from senior executives to manufacturing managers and heads of procurement – require to stay on top of their field.


IBI - International Biopharmaceutical Industry

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IBI - International Biopharmaceutical Industry, provides the biopharmaceutical industry with comprehensive coverage of key scientific, technology, regulatory and business topics. The editorial mix of peer-reviewed papers, practical advice on managing bioprocessing and technology, regulatory and business columns, and expert commentary provides comprehensive coverage of upstream and downstream processing, manufacturing operations, regulations, formulation, scale-up/technology transfer, drug delivery, analytical testing and more. The insight and analysis covers biologic – based therapies including We will report on emerging trends, strategies and best practices in the key areas.


Swiss Biotech Association

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The Swiss Biotech Association (SBA) is the national industry association for biotechnology, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, agriculture, food, cosmetics, environmental biotechnology, and specialty chemicals. Members are companies active in modern biotechnology, such as R&D, Production, Marketing and Sales, Finance, Services and Consulting. SBA provides a networking platform for Life Science clusters, academic and federal institutions the like. Founded in March 1998, the Association grows steadily.


Labsave

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Labsave is the leading savings website for Laboratory Equipment and Lab Supplies. We work closely with the top suppliers in the world to bring you the best products at the most competitive prices. We are constantly striving to secure the biggest and most exclusive offers that you won’t find anywhere else! http://www.labsave.com/


Select Science

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SelectScience is an independent, online information resource for the worldwide scientific community, and the home of trusted information for laboratory scientists. Discover impartial, expert opinion and trusted reviews about latest laboratory equipment and techniques; plus videos, application notes and science news from around the world. Become a member for free today.


Pharmacircle

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PharmaCircle is an innovative knowledge management company serving the current and future global leaders in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology related industries. PharmaCircle is a one stop information and analysis source for pipeline, products, clinical trials, drug delivery technologies, deals and acquisitions, company financials, venture capital investments, product sales, pharmaceutical services, news, patents and more….


Gate2Biotech

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Gate2Biotech is a portal that unites biotechnological community in Central Europe. It covers all the news in the field of biotechnology. Thanks to the the portal the companies engaged in the field can easily search for research institutions and other partners to solve technical problems they are facing and here they can also present their services offer to potential partners from the Czech Republic and abroad. Gate2Biotech portal serves as a bridge connecting scientific and commercial sector. It incorporates offices and support organizations dedicated to promoting transfer of innovative technologies into a unified communication platform of Czech and international biotechnologies. As a mediator of information it draws attention to biotechnologies and support of their application and transfer into practice. It also functions as a tool for encouraging non-professionals (especially scientists and students) towards innovative business or applied research.


Contract Biotechnology

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Contract-Biotechnology.com is a web-based platform for laboratory outsourcing solutions. It is an online R&D matching tool that connects Scientifics and service and product providers worldwide. The platform Contract-Biotechnology.com would help you in the process of finding the right partner saving time and money, because with one single and secure application you would be able to receive multiple quotes quickly, keeping your contact information confidential. Contract-Biotechnology.com is the new Collaboration Network Model for Discovery Research and Development. Contract-Biotechnology.com team has extensive experience working for pharmaceuticals, biotechs, universities and academic research institutes and can help you addressing your key gaps.


Pharmavision

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PharmaVision offers a consultancy service providing independent pharmaceutical thematic research to the healthcare industry, the investment community and competitive intelligence specialists. We perform due diligence research and provide expert commentary in healthcare. Our reports combine scientific analysis in drug delivery, R&D technologies and pharmaceutical products including patient modelling, product/technology forecasts and market trends evaluation.


Mednous

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MedNous is a print publication and website about medical innovation in Europe. It carries exclusive interviews with companies that are at the forefront of medical technology, as well as contributor articles from prominent practitioners. Our mission is to identify significant advances in medicine and to explain how this innovation is being commercialised. In doing so, we talk to venture capitalists about what products and platforms they are supporting. We report on how regulators cope with the accelerating pace of innovation. And we regularly cover the latest developments in the discovery and development of new medical concepts in the area of antibodies, vaccines, small molecules, regenerative medicine and nanomedicines. MedNous combines the English word for medicine with the Greek word for intellect. And those with nous are readers of our publication. Visit our website: www.mednous.com


Pharmalicensing

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Pharmalicensing (www.pharmalicensing.com) is the premier biopharmaceutical Open Innovation resource designed for professionals involved with partnering, licensing and business development worldwide. Actively supporting all forms of partnering and in- and out-licensing activities, Pharmalicensing utilizes the unique online Showcase Profiling & Discover services, as well as its renowned Partnering Search service leveraging its global network of industry experts, to enable companies to identify and engage with appropriate partners around the world. Pharmalicensing is actively utilized by many tens of thousands of industry professionals each month. Pharmalicensing is a division of Cognis Group, Inc.

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Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

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WHAT IS CPD?

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.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

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.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

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.

GLOBAL CPD

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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