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Swiss biobanking platform
is pleased to present
its first conference

February 1st 2018



This event will feature international and national experts sharing their vision of the “Biobanking of the future”. Three panels of experts will discuss new directions in state-of-the-art biobanking research. To meet current requirements, the scientific community biobanks need to tackle challenges including harmonized procedures, promotion of high quality standards or sustainability, all of them in the framework of their ethical, legal and social dimensions. The conference will thus provide a forum for discussion around topics on next biobanking generation including focus on optimal usage of biological resources as well as present successful human and non-human biobanking research examples.


9:00 / Registration & Coffee

9:30-12:00 / Visions for biobanking

  • Dr. Aysim Yilmaz
    Head of the Biology and Medicine division, SNSF, Bern
    Biobanking: a funder’s vision
  • Mr Erik Steinfelder
    Director General, BBMRI-ERIC
    Biobanking: making new treatments possible?
  • Dr. Georges Imbert
    Basel Human Tissue Network Lead, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel
    Basic and translational research with human biological samples in a global pharmaceutical industry: current state and future perspectives
  • Dr. Rita Lawlor
    Biobank Director, ARC-Net University of Verona
    Biobanking: A model of Collaboration
  • Dr. Olivier Menzel
    Chairman & founder, BLACKSWAN foundation
    How biobanking helps the rare disease community?
  • Panel discussion moderated by  O. Dessibourg

13:00-14:30 / Biobanking into practice

  • Dr. Adrian Egli
    Head of Clinical Microbiology, Universitätsspital Basel
    Biobanks in Microbiology – improving diagnostic and research quality
  • Prof. Ingrid Walter
    Head of VetBioBank, Vienna
    Animal samples – a valuable source for research
  • Prof. Carlo Largiadèr 
    Head of the Liquid Biobank, Bern
    Liquid Biobank Bern: The Inselspital concept of healthcare – integrated biobanking for precision medicine
  • Prof.  Hadi Abderrahim
    Strategy lead, Healthcare and Biomedical, Qatar Foundation R&D
    Qatar Foundation research strategy, personalized healthcare, and disease interception

15:00-17:30 / Challenges for Cutting Edge Research

  • Prof. Berthold Huppertz
    Chair of Cell biology, Histology and Embryology at the Gottfried Schatz Research Center, Graz
    Biobanks and sample quality: Where do we go?
  • Dr. Fay Betsou
    Chief Scientific Officer – IBBL – Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg
    Biobanks as providers of reference materials
  • Prof. Nicole Probst-Hensch
    Head of Unit Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Swiss TPH Basel
    Human Biomonitoring in the Exposome Era
  • Dr. Roland Charrière
    Head of Consumer Protection Directorate, Federal Office of Public Health, Bern
    Human Biomonitoring in Switzerland: Pave the way for tomorrow
  • Panel discussion moderated by  O. Dessibourg
  • Dr. Karim Boubaker
    Cantonal medical Officier of Vaud, Public Health Service




On February 1st 2018.
The event will start at 9:00 with the registration and a welcome coffee and will end around 17:30.


The conference will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne on the EPFL campus.

SwissTech Convention Center
Quartier Nord EPFL
Route Louis-Favre 2
1024 Ecublens

Google map location


Public transportation is probably the best way to get there.
The metro M1 can bring you to the SwissTech Convention Center from the Renens train station or the city center of Lausanne. It comes every 5 minutes and it will take you 10 minutes to get here.

By car

The SwissTech Convention Center is 2 minutes away from the highway exit “Lausanne Sud, UNIL-EPFL”. But the parking spaces are limited. We encourage you to use the public transport.

Parking information (pdf)


For this first edition, we decided to keep this event free. But we kindly ask you to register, so we can better organize this event.



If you have any question, feel free to contact us!

+41 21 314 52
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