Platinum Partner Workshops

ISBER is proud to announce the Platinum Partner Workshops for the ISBER 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibits! The workshops are open to all participants.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


7:45am – 8:45am – Corporate Workshop 1A – ATCC®

MJFF and ATCC®  Partnering for Success

Presenters: Maryellen de Mars (USA), Liz Kerrigan (USA) and Nicole Polinski (USA)

For over 90 years, ATCC® has contributed to scientific breakthroughs through the provision of high-quality biological products and services to researchers all around the world. ATCC® is honored to partner with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to provide pre-clinical tools that can be used to better understand the onset and progression of Parkinson’s, develop advanced therapies, and speed progress toward a cure.

Presentations Include:
• Providing High Quality Biological Materials and Services to the Global Scientific Community – Liz Kerrigan, Director, Commercial Partnerships and Standards, ATCC®
• The MJFF Preclinical Tools Program: Speeding a Cure for Parkinson’s Disease by Investing in Research-Enabling Tools – Nicole Polinski, Ph.D., Research Programs Officer, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Thursday, May 11, 2017


8:00am – 9:00am – Corporate Workshop 2A – BSI Systems

Engage the Full Potential of Your Biorepository Network

Presenters: Steven Marroulis (USA) and Joseph Krzystan (USA)


Discover how our web-based specimen inventory and resource management tools can unlock the greatest productivity for your biorepository facilities. Listen to an informative overview about our validated software (BSI) that tracks all aspects of your biobank’s specimens from cradle to grave. Learn about cutting edge platforms (BioShare and SRL Advantage) that aid in promoting and sharing specimens and datasets with intramural and extramural investigators by providing a central location for tracking research requests.  Explore how specimens throughout your biorepository network can be translated and tracked in a single specimen inventory system regardless of the different studies, collections and controlled vocabularies.



8:00am – 9:00am – Corporate Workshop 2B – Brooks Life Science Systems

Smarter Sample Management – Establishing a Sustainable Biobank by Connecting Stored Samples with Actionable Data
Presenters: Balwir Matharoo-Ball (United Kingdom) and Mark Fish (United Kingdom)

Research biobanks store physical samples and maintain associated data sets within their databases.  While sample inventory systems provide location data, the consent, quality, clinical, lifestyle and analytical data are often not connected with the sample. The need for complete sample data by research scientists is increasing to support future biomarker research and therapeutic decision-making.  The challenge for biobanks is how to keep ahead of this trend. This workshop will use real life case studies to illustrate how a planned sample data management strategy can enable improved selection of sample assets to ensure the long term sustainability of a biobank.



8:00am – 9:00am – Corporate Workshop 2C – Chart MVE

Sample Storage Integrity in Remote Locations

Presenters: Buzz Bies (USA) and Bruce Edel (USA)

Between piping in liquid nitrogen and maintaining sample integrity, cryogenically transporting to and storing samples in remote locations or in rooms isolated in your facility has long been a complicated endeavor. This presentation will provide transportation and storage solutions, followed by an open forum for questions and discussion.


Friday, May 12, 2017

8:00am – 9:00am – Corporate Workshop 3A – ThermoFisher Scientific

Use of Mobile Technology to Enhance Biospecimen Quality and Biobank Efficiency

Presenters: James V. Lacey, Jr., (USA) and Amy Hendricks (USA)

Population-based biobanking is an essential aspect of biomedical research. When samples are collected outside of clinical or research facilities, chances for variation in sample collection, handling, and shipping increase. Any lack of standardization before, during, or after collections can generate unwanted pre-analytical variability that hurts future use of biospecimens.

Through the California Teachers Study, Fisher BioServices and City of Hope have implemented a comprehensive approach to improve efficiency and maintain standardization and biospecimen quality in large-scale biobanking.

In this workshop we’ll share how collaboration and utilization of integrated mobile technology has essentially eliminated pre-analytical variability in the biobanked samples.


8:00am – 9:00am – Corporate Workshop 3B – Liconic Instruments

Case Studies: Implementation of the BiOLiX™ Automated Biobanking Platform

Presenters: Steve Broach (USA) (Moderator), Rostislav Chernomorsky (USA), Patrice Vaillancourt (Canada) and Tanja Weis (Germany)

The workshop will look at applications using BiOLiX™ to provide a forum for biobankers to gain insight into the rationale,implementation, and execution of automating storage of biosamples.


8:00am – 9:00am – Corporate Workshop 3C – Worthington Industries 

Global Standardization, Harmonization and Collaboration III

Presenters: Marianna Bledsoe (USA), Rita Lawlor (Italy) and Koh Furuta (Japan)

Standards for the collection, storage and handling of biospecimens are important for ensuring biospecimen quality and the reproducibility of biospecimen research.  A number of standardization efforts are underway at both the national and international level.  This workshop will provide updates on these efforts and an opportunity for discussion of how these standardization efforts can be implemented and integrated to promote global harmonization and collaboration.

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