Biobanking 101

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
1:00pm – 6:00pm

Chairs: Clare Alloca, Tim Sharp

*Registration for this session is in addition to your conference registration. Registration fee is $95 USD. Register at the same time as you complete your meeting registration.

ISBER Update: Qualification in Biorepository Science
Presented by: Brent Schacter

ISBER and the ASCP have partnered to create a new qualification exam for biobankers. This short presentation will provide the audience with updated information about this qualification program in the field of biorepository science.

Learning Objectives:

After the session, the participants will understand:

  • Why a qualification examination for biobank technicians is an important new quality tool for ISBER members and others
  • The general nature of the examination, along with the eligibility requirements and the scope of the examination
  • How to obtain more information about the Qualification in Biorepository Science (QBRS) exam and how to apply

Basic Business Planning for Biobanking
Presented by: Marianne Henderson, Daniel Simeon-Dubach, Kirstin Goldring

Successful Biobanking operations begin with accurate and responsible planning. This session will provide guidance on how fulfill your banks mission by formulating a business plan that will satisfy stakeholders through the use of SMART performance metrics and audit points. Discussions will include infrastructure assessments, Funding and cost management as well as SWOT analysis.

Learning Objectives:

The participants will understand:

  • The importance and role of business planning in biobank management and sustainability
  • The basic components of a business plan
  • How Vision and Mission statements keep biobanks focused
  • How to identify and manage internal and external factors affecting biobank operations and performance
  • Metrics used in tracking biobank activity, progress and success

Success is the Result of Preparation: Emergency Planning for Biobanks
Presented by: Helen Morrin, Rebecca Pugh

Emergencies can occur everywhere and Biobanks are just as likely as every other industry to suffer the consequences of poor planning. This session will help you build a culture of preparedness to ensure that your assets (specimens, data, infrastructure and staff) can be protected from disasters. Interactive discussions and activities will address risk assessment, crisis management, critical response procedures, planning for natural disasters, as well as data protection and recovery. This workshop will offer the opportunity to discuss the unique emergencies that may affect your operations and offer solutions to help you create your own emergency plans.

Learning Objectives:

The participants will understand:

  • The importance and role of emergency and disaster planning in biobank management and sustainability.
  • The components and tools for creating one’s own emergency and disaster response plans.
  • The stages of preparedness, response and recovery throughout an emergency.