Co-organized by BBMRI

The Biobank as an Instrument for Economic Development

    April 13, 2010 - CERM Magnetic Resonance Center - Florence, Italy


Biobanks are emerging as important resources for the progress of science and technology, and have the potential for a substantial impact on the economic growth of the regions in which they are located.  The meeting "The BioBank as an instrument for economic development" aims to address the evolution of the biobanking system as a strategic tool for economic return, based on some key scientific areas that lie both upstream and downstream of the biobank itself; such areas are exemplified in the figure below.

A number of protagonists in the field have agreed to speak on topics relevant to the biobanking sector, and a matchmaking session is being organized to promote collaborations and joint ventures among academic scientists and representatives from industry.  We hope you will be able to join us in Florence!



Registration is free, and a limited number of grants are available to cover the cost of two nights' hotel accommodation in Florence.  These grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please click here to register. The registration deadline is April 1.

Evening of April 12: informal supper to facilitate personal contacts


The following companies have already agreed to participate:              


Organizing Committee

Ivano Bertini
Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM)
Paola Turano
Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM)
Kathleen McGreevy
Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM)


Evening of April 12        
Informal supper to facilitate personal contacts

9:00-9:30          Opening

9:30-10:00        Ivano Bertini
Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM)
Welcome and introduction to some possible roles for Biobanks for territorial growth

10:00-10:30      Uwe Oelmueller 
Qiagen GmbH
Pre-analytical workflow management for human samples

10:30-11:00      Kurt Zatloukal
BBMRI, University of Graz
New models for industry-biobank collaboration: the BBMRI experts centres' concepts

11:00-11:20      Coffee break

11:20-11:50      Heiko Zimmermann
Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering
Fraunhofer-Biobank Case Study: A decade of local development after the biobank initiative in the triangle France, Luxembourg, Germany

11:50-12:05      Antonio Rosato
Magnetic Resonance Center (CERM)
e-GRID for biobanks

12:05-12:20     Giuliano D'Agnolo
Department of Cellular Biology and Neurosciences, ISS
Italian Network of Research Biobanks: a regional or national resource?

12:20-12:35     Manfred Spaul
Bruker BioSpin GmbH
Need for standardization and SOP's in Biobanking from the NMR view

12:35-12:50     Carsten Poggel
Miltenyi Biotec GmbH
Tissue dissociation and cell sorting as preanalytical technologies

12:50-13:05     Michele Piovella
Biorep Srl
Research Projects Network: the role of the biological resource centers

13:05-13:20     Soumaya Kotele
Software platforms for Biobanks - Information management and traceability

13:15-14:15     Lunch

14:15-18:00     Matchmaking session
Matchmaking will be organized following the circulation of participant profiles and subsequent requests for meetings

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For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

  • Kathleen McGreevy                         EPISODE Project Manager           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Giordana Marcon                            Director of the da Vinci European Biobank                  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.