Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 4th Annual

Clinical Biospecimens and Central Lab Solutions

Managing Biospecimens and Partnering with Biorepositories & Labs

February 20-21, 2019

The availability of high quality biological specimens, laboratory access and diagnostics services are of utmost importance for biomarker-driven clinical trials and future research. The complexity and number of samples collected during studies has increased steadily over the years and we need to come up with best practices, operational models and IT systems to deal with this volume and complexity. The next step, the testing of the samples and various laboratory services also requires significant managerial efforts whether they are outsourced or provided by an in-house laboratory. The Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 4th Annual Clinical Biospecimens and Central Lab Solutions conference brings together leading experts, representing clinical sponsors as well as biorepositories, to discuss challenges and identify actions to improve infrastructure for biomarker driven clinical trials.

Arrive early and attend Part 1 (Tues-Wed): Clinical Biomarkers Strategy and Innovation

Wednesday, February 20 - Thursday, February 21 (Part 2 of SCOPE)

Eurofins_Central_LabBRIDGING LUNCHEON PRESENTATION: Where in the World are my Specimens? (And how do I Fetch Them?)

Kevin Smith, Vice President, Technology & Data Solutions, Eurofins Central Laboratory


Overcoming Challenges in Sample Collection for Biomarker Driven Trials

Caoimhe Vallely-Gilroy, Director, Global Head, Clinical Trials Biosample Management, Global Clinical Operations, Merck KGaA

Considerations for Secondary Use of Biospecimen Data to Enable Scientific Discovery and Data Driven Decision Making

Lynn Wetherwax, BS, Senior Manager, Translational Sciences Operations, Biobank, Amgen

Talk Title to be Announced

Melissa Rawley-Payne, Executive Director, Biospecimen Operations, Celgene

Biomarkers in Late Stage Oncology Drug Development: Operational Considerations

Ivette Estay, PhD, Biomarker Operations Program Leader, Product Development Global Clinical Operations, Oncology, Genentech

The Evolution of a Sample Management Infrastructure in a Growing Biopharmaceutical Company

Dianna Blessington, MLT (ASCP), BS, MEd, Research Expert, Translational Sciences, Laboratory & Biospecimen Operations, Incyte Research Institute


Optimizing Clinical Research through Collaboration with a Cancer Center Biobank

Michael Roehrl, PhD, Director, Precision Pathology Biobanking Center, MSKCC

Kaiser Permanente Research Bank. Core Resource for Collaborative Research.

Alexander Lituev, MD, Practice Leader, Biorepository Head, Kaiser Permanente Research Bank

Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)


Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning, Wednesday Afternoon Plenary Keynotes Featuring:

SCOPE’s 2019 Participant Engagement Award, in Memory of Jerry Matczak
Empowering Humans to Own Their Own Data
Digital Trends That Are Changing the Healthcare Experience
Why Do We Need Caregivers in Clinical Trials; Exploring Real-life Applications in Engagement and Retention
Welcome, Pharma, to AI. Here’s What You Have Been Missing.

For more details on the Plenary Keynotes:
For more details on the Participant Engagement Award:

Arrive early and attend Part 1 (Tues-Wed): Clinical Biomarkers Strategy and Innovation

For more details on the conference, please contact:
Marina Filshtinsky

Executive Director, Conferences

Cambridge Healthtech Institute

Phone: (+1) 781.972.5496


For partnering and sponsorship information, please contact:

Companies A-O

Ilana Quigley

Senior Manager, Business Development

Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)

Phone: (+1) 781.972.5457


Companies P-Z

Patty Rose
Senior Manager, Business Development

Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)

Phone: (+1) 781.972.1349


Signature Sponsor


Premier Sponsors







PRA Health Sciences


Syneos Health