Agenda Day 2

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Coffee

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Chairman’s Recap of Day One

Gerhard Noelken , Business Development Europe, Pistoia Alliance

Gerhard Noelken

Business Development Europe
Pistoia Alliance

9:10 AM - 9:50 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Effective IT Systems for Effective Sample Management

Rosalia Gonzales , Director, Pfizer
  • Overcome the practical challenges relating to the interface between compound management systems and screening systems
  • Decipher the challenges of interoperability, data exchange issues and various LIMS systems
  • Discover how to streamline new IT infrastructures for inventory management
  • Learn best practices for system upgrades to reduce workflow interruptions
  • Ensure demands for more focused collections are met with sufficient informatics capabilities

Rosalia Gonzales

Director
Pfizer

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Aligning Scientific and IT Efforts for Running Efficient and Cost Effective Lab Operations

  • Get to the heart of aligning scientific and IT efforts to run efficient and cost-effective laboratory operations
  • Overcome poor communication between operational teams and IT Business partners and encourage them to get in sync
  • Find solutions to some of the most common pain points which cause conflict between science and IT in the commercial laboratory

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM CASE STUDY: Total Automation - Is This The Future?

Mario Richter, Principal Scientist, AbbVie
  • How close to reality is the totally automated lab? Is it necessary?
  • Discover the most effective solutions to mechanical breakdowns and develop plans to mitigate effects
  • Avoid costly and timely repairs with technical know-how

Mario Richter

Principal Scientist
AbbVie

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM Addressing the Challenges of Reconciling and Transferring Biological Asset Inventories to Automated Systems

Sarah Neagle, Biological Asset Management Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hear about GSK’s massive changes over the past few years in the ways they store biological assets as an enterprise
  • Decipher the challenges of consolidating (from multiple GSK locations), reconciling (determining current and future need of said asset) and automating (robotic freezers that house and pull these assets in an automated fashion) a variety of biological asset
inventories (e.g. cell lines, DNA plasmids, viruses, bacterial strains, histological slides, proteins etc.)

Sarah Neagle

Biological Asset Management Scientist
GlaxoSmithKline

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM Networking Lunch

1:20 PM - 1:55 PM Interactive Trouble Shooting Session: Compound Weighing-An Unsolvable Challenge?

Analyse the challenges behind the one aspect of sample management that has never been efficiently automated -the weighing
of samples.

In this interactive session, each table will discuss their best strategies to make manual weighing more efficient. Discuss
challenges such as:

  • Very dry, free flowing powders, tars that must be scraped or transferred by dipping a spatula, or proteins that are extremely hygroscopic and form light flakes that blow away easily
  • Implementing new robotics systems that might finally make automated weighing a reality
  • Why QC is so important, and make sure you are doing it right

The tables will share their ideas with the rest of the room, and then vote on the most innovative idea. The winning table takes home prizes!

1:55 PM - 2:35 PM Software for Sample Management and Tracking

  • Define your exact software needs, so you can choose a bespoke solution
  • Develop the ability to rapidly locate, store, and verify the validity of test samples
  • Reduce errors and provide high throughput capabilities by allowing a sample to be located before you open the freezer to retrieve it

8:00 AM - 8:35 AM Interactive Trouble Shooting Session: Labelling a Frozen Vial

Develop strategies to overcome one of the most significant biobanking challenges - labelling frozen vials!

In this interactive session, each table will discuss their best strategies for getting labels to stick to frozen vials. Discuss challenges such as:

  • Separating fact from exaggeration when it comes to selecting a label supplier
  • Achieving longevity - getting label to stick longer
  • Crisis management - what to do when a vial is found with the label long gone

The tables will share their ideas with the rest of the room, and then vote on the most innovative idea. The winning table
takes home prizes!

1:55 PM - 2:35 PM CASE STUDY: Biobanking Viable Cells Sustainably

Clare Hodkinson, Biospecimen Operations Manager, Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank
  • Examine the inherent variability in specimen quality by disease and tissue type
  • Hear an example of maximising tumour cell content in samples
  • Discover suitable pre-analytics to increase on specimen utility
  • Optimise cryopreservation protocols for disease and cell specific populations
  • Implement quality control measures for viable cells standardisation

Clare Hodkinson

Biospecimen Operations Manager
Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM Networking Coffee Break



3:05 PM - 3:45 PM LESSONS LEARNED: Ensuring your Biobank is Sustainable in the Long Term

Joanna Baxter, Senior Research Associate/Lead Scientist , Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank
  • Learn to recognise the main drivers of progress. Is research the main driver?
  • Discover the balance between standardisation and research needs – can sample value outweigh the need for data?
  • Learn how to increase income generation streams – prospective collections, clinical trials and legacy collections
  • Work towards streamlining through automation and good data management
  • Hear about the provision of R&D for academic users to enhance service provision

Joanna Baxter

Senior Research Associate/Lead Scientist
Cambridge Blood and Stem Cell Biobank

3:45 PM - 4:25 PM Map your vision: Take-aways and Strategies for 2017

Take part in an open discussion distilling some of the key messages from the 2017 summit. This session will kick start with questions around the presentations you heard and interactive session you took part in during the past two days.

Make sure you submit any final questions to ensure that you get this last chance to get answers from our 2017 panel of experts.

4:25 PM - 4:30 PM Chairman’s Closing Summary of Conference

Gerhard Noelken , Business Development Europe, Pistoia Alliance

Gerhard Noelken

Business Development Europe
Pistoia Alliance