Biobanking Scientific Advisory Board Debate on Public Engagement Barriers for Biomedical Research

SMi reports new debate into Biobanking ethics at 7th annual industry summit this June.

London, United Kingdom, April 09, 2017 --( The scientific advisory from SMi’s annual conference on Biobanking will debate on obstacles to people donating tissue for biomedical research when the 2017 7th annual show returns to Central London on 14th and 15th June.

The discussion will be led by: Sarah Gilbert, Principal Scientist, NIBSC – MHRA; Dr Brian Thomson, Director and Clinical Lead for 100K Genome Project, Nottingham Health Science Biobank; Heli Salminen-Mankonen, Director, Auria Biobank; and Dr Balwir Matharoo-Ball, Deputy Director, Nottingham Health Science Biobank.

Attendee’s at the industry summit will be invited to join the discussion and address the ethics of passing on genomic data as well as explore barriers posed by both processes and people. Highlights will also include insight into current biobanking technological developments.

The two day programme will also include an opening keynote address from the European Commission; case studies on biosample access, cloud based sample management, progress into poverty related diseases; and talks on baby biobanks, mobile biobanking, biospecimen acquisition, generating high quality biological samples and the changing world of drug development.

Further information including a detailed agenda and full speaker line-up is available at

Biobanking 2017
14th & 15th June
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London UK

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