ABNA 2016 and the Second AXT Biobanking Workshop

AXT will again be exhibiting at the ABNA 2016 Annual Conference organised by the Australasian Biospecimen Network Association. This event attracts a national and international audience from both industry and academia. This annual event provides a forum for them to all come together to collaborate and exchange ideas as well as to learn about the latest developments and innovations in their field.

Conference Details

Date: Thursday October 13 and Friday October 14, 2016
Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

Second Australasian Biobanking Workshop

Following on the success of the inaugural Australian Biobanking Workshop held immediately after ABNA 2015, AXT will be hosting the second installment of this intimate but popular event.

For more details and to register, click here

AXT at ABNA 2016

At ABNA this year we will be promoting:

  1. OpenSpecimen – Biobanking informatics platform
  2. TTP Labtech – Cryogenic biospecimen storage facilities

We are also excited to add:

  1. ISENET – Galileo Tissue microarray systems

We will have representatives from all three suppliers who will be on hand to provide advice on their systems and how they can be integrated into your laboratory to enhance your workflow efficiency, reliability and robustness.

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Second AXT Biobanking Workshop

AXT are proud to host the second installment of our Biobanking Workshop. The workshop will address key areas such as:

  • Biobanking data management
  • Cryogenic sample storage
  • Tissue Microarray Course

Event Details

This event has been organised to coincide with ABNA 2016, and will be held the day before:

Date: Wednesday October 12, 2016

Venue: SAHMRI Auditorium, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000 (a short stroll from Adelaide Convention Centre)


To ensure you are provided with the best and most up to date information, we are bringing in international speakers including:

Poornima Govindroa Openspecimen Dr. Andrew Goulter TTP LabtechCharlotte Verstappen - The University of Auckland

Poornima Govindrao
Senior Business Analyst
Krishagni Solutions/OpenSpecimen

Dr. Andrew Goulter
Head of Business Asia Pacific
TTP Labtech

Charlotte Verstappen
Tissue Bank Technician
Auckland Regional Tissue Bank (ARTB)

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Pam Saunders from SAHMRICaroline Drinkwater from the Victorian Cancer Biobank

Pamela Saunders
Coordinator - South Australian Biospecimen Repository (SABR)

Caroline Drinkwater
Applications and Database Manager
Victorian Cancer Biobank


Workshop Content

Our lineup of high profile international speakers, intermingled with local experts and adopters will present exciting and informative content and case studies ensuring that the workshop will be a valuable educational experience as well as an opportunity to share personal experiences.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for anyone involved in biobanking and biospecimen management. This includes:

  • Biobanking facility managers
  • Medical researchers involved with infectious diseases, cancer etc
  • Pathologists

This event doubles as a user group meeting  and is especially suited for those in the biobanking community who already have or are looking at solutions including:

  • OpenSpecimen biobanking database
  • Cryogenic sample storage solutions like the TTP Labtech arktic
  • Galileo tissue microarray systems

As it will allow you to speak with colleagues who already have and use this equipment and technology to gain a clearer insight into how it can benefit you and your workflow.

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2nd AXT Biobanking Workshop Presenters

To ensure that you are provided with the best levels of information, we have assembled a global group of quality speakers. These include people who are intimately involved with the design, operation and application of the technology and they are best placed to give you an insight into how it can benefit you now as well as into the future. In addition, we are also lucky enough to have talks from local speakers who have already installed the systems and are using them right now.

Poornima-GovindraoPoornima Govindrao
Senior Business Analyst
Krishagni Solutions/OpenSpecimen

Poornima Govindrao is the OpenSpecimen Product Manager at Krishagni Solutions, the developers of OpenSpecimen. She is involved in OpenSpecimen since 2004 working with NCI (USA) and helping various biobanks across the globe adopt caTissue and OpenSpecimen. Her current role includes client engagement, training, business analysis and defining product roadmap. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and 10+ years experience in enterprise software products especially in the biomedical domain.
Dr. Andrew Goulter TTP LabtechDr. Andrew Goulter
Global Distributor Manager
TTP Labtech (UK)

Dr Andrew Goulter gained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Biochemistry from the University of London. He joined Pharmagene Laboratories and worked as a Senior Scientist in drug discovery for five years working on cardiovascular, inflammation and oncology therapeutics. At TTP Labtech he globally supports a range of innovative instruments for life science research.
Pam Saunders from SAHMRIPamela Saunders
Coordinator - South Australian Biospecimen Repository (SABR)

Pamela Saunders was appointed to the position of Manager of the South Australian Biospecimen Repository (SABR) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in January 2015: her brief being to set up a new Biospecimen Repository at this state of the art research facility in SA. This includes the SABR laboratory fit out, database selection and implementation and all levels of governance, protocols and procedures.

Pamela commenced working in the research field in 1992 at QIMR as a research nurse involved in epi-genetic adult twin studies including banking blood samples from 2,500 adult twins. From there Pamela worked with Cancer Council Qld on the National Melanoma Family study while undertaking her MPH (Epidemiology). Subsequently she commenced with the Australian Prostate Cancer Bioresource (APCB) to set up the Queensland node where she continued until 2010, then returning to South Australia to take up the position of Coordinator of the APCB SA Node.
She has been awarded grants from Cancer Council SA and RAH Research Fund totalling $36,000.
Collectively Ms Saunders has extensive experience in biobanking and research including: Biorespository management, database development and management, quality reporting and auditing and questionnaire development and administration.
Caroline Drinkwater from the Victorian Cancer BiobankCaroline Drinkwater
Applications and Database Manager
Victorian Cancer Biobank

Caroline Drinkwater graduated La Trobe University, Victoria, in 2013 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, majoring in both Microbiology and Advanced Medical Topics. In 2014, she went on to complete her research Honours in collaboration with The University of Melbourne. The uniquely-designed project incorporated Microbiology and Histological techniques to investigate gastrointestinal dysfunction in a mouse model of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Caroline has also volunteered her time in various laboratories, including working for the Comparative Genomics Centre (Medical Genomics Group) at James Cook University located in Townsville, Queensland.
Caroline commenced her career in biobanking in late 2014 at the Victorian Cancer Biobank (VCB) Melbourne Health Tissue Bank site, where she worked in the laboratory gaining valuable practical experience in VCB Standard Operating Procedures, whilst overseeing research projects as a Project Liaison Officer.
Caroline joined VCB Central Operations in March 2016, as the Applications and Database Manager. She has since guided the VCB in their transition to the new database, OpenSpecimen, and oversees the training and management of a team of Medical Data Assistants.
Charlotte Verstappen
Tissue Bank Technician
Auckland Regional Tissue Bank (ARTB)

Charlotte Verstappen graduated from The University of Otago, where she completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours, majoring in Anatomy and Biological Anthropology. Having previously worked in a senior administrative role for a nationwide building firm, Charlotte joined the Auckland Regional Tissue Bank (ARTB) in early 2016, assuming a hands on role that encompasses direct patient contact as well as technical laboratory work. As the ARTB is still in its early stages, Charlotte has acquired the roll of database super user having been involved in the implementation of OpenSpecimen, helping to customise the protocols and train new users and meet the needs of multiple collection and processing sites under the ARTB governance.

Second AXT Biobanking Workshop Program

9.30amWelcome, Introductions and Opening RemarksDesley Pitcher, AXT
9.45amIntroduction to OpenSpecimen and DemonstrationPoornima Govindrao, Openspecimen
10.45amCoffee Break
11.00amIntroduction to Automated Sample ManagementDr. Andrew Goulter, TTP Labtech
11.15amThe OpenSpecimen Experience at SAHMRIDr. Pamela Saunders, SAHMRI
11.35amThe OpenSpecimen Experience at University of AucklandDr. Charlotte Verstappen, University of Auckland
11.55amThe OpenSpecimen Experience at Victorian Cancer BiobankDr. Caroline Drinkwater, VCB
12.15pmOpenSpecimen Configurable Data Entry WorkflowsPoornima Govindrao, OpenSpecimen
12.45pmLunch Break
1.15pmCase Study: Automated Sample Management @ NYU, RNAi Screening Lab, New YorkDr. Andrew Goulter, TTP Labtech
1.30pmOpenSpecimen Specimen Catalog and ReportingPoornima Govindrao, OpenSpecimen
2.00pmOpenSpecimen Wrap UpPoornima Govindrao, OpenSpecimen
2.15pmCase Study: Automated Sample Management @ MRC Epidemiology Unit, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge UKDr. Andrew Goulter, TTP Labtech
2.30pmTissue Microarray (TMA) IntroductionSteve Hunter, AXT
2.45pmIntegrated Tissue Microarray and Visual Imaging Platform Ing. Pasquale De Blasio, Integrated Systems Engineering
3.15pmCoffee Break
3.30pmCase Study: Automated Sample Management @ Liverpool Gene Mill (Synthetic Biology) , Liverpool University, UKDr. Andrew Goulter, TTP Labtech
3.45pmTMA Technology for Biomarker Validation and Clinical Applications Ida Biunno, Institute for Genetic and Biomedical Research
4.15pmAutomated Sample Management Wrap UpDr. Andrew Goulter, TTP Labtech
4.30pmTMA Concluding RemarksIng. Pasquale De Blasio, Integrated Systems Engineering
4.45pmPanel DiscussionAll Speakers