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Faced with significant commercial opportunities, the standardisation and collaboration of biobanks brings to the fore a number of issues that should not be underestimated. With the value of sample collections escalating, understanding essential logistics must be upheld to maintain both quality and value.

Without a clear understanding in the fundamentals of operating a biobank, the value of your sample collection will diminish significantly through avoidable human errors. Focusing on quality management, sample storage and regulatory issues, this interactive session will provide an honest and open environment full of practical examples of what to consider before sample collection, as well as sample processing and the effects of processing variations. 

With a look at all the current issues in operations, attend this fantastic workshop to ensure your logistics and operational strategies are upheld to develop future R&D.

Operating Biobanks: The practicalities in developing R&D is part of  SAE Media Group’s inaugural Biobanking event, helping to bridge the worlds leading academia and pharma together to create a successful operational bank that will make a huge difference in future drug discovery.



Hayley Whitaker
Research Associate
Cancer Research UK

Hayley Whitaker has worked in the field of prostate cancer for the last 10 years, at Imperial College and Cambridge. In Cambridge Hayley works with uro-oncologist and surgeon Professor David Neal which provides her with unrivalled access to clinical samples. During the last few years her work has taken full advantage of this and focussed on biomarkers, in particular protein biomarkers. Although up to now she has largely focused on prostate cancer she is currently setting up her own group looking at biomarkers pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancers.’

Ann George
Research Associate
Cancer Research UK

Delegates who can benefit from this event include:

Operational Heads and Managers from:

Independent Biobanks
Medical Research Institutes
Tissue  Banks 

In the following departments:

Biological Sample management
Biosample Management
Translational Medicine 
Personalised medicine
Scientific and Quality
Laboratory and Inventory
Quality and Control
Strategic Outsouring
Business Development
Data protection

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 From patient to assay: collecting samples that are fit for purpose

9:50 Long term storage and sample tracking

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Ethics and regulations in setting up biobanks

11:40 Discussion and questions

12:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Workshop


Crowne Plaza - The City

19 New Bridge Road
London EC4V 6DB
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Crowne Plaza - The City



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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, SAE Media 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.

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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@saemediagroup.com

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