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Human Biospecimens in the Era of Personalized Medicine
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Registration, Lunch, & Networking
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Presentation & Q&A;


Modern biomedical research requires continuous supply of legally and ethically acquired high quality human biospecimens and associated data. Preservation of pre-analytical biospecimen variables, significantly confounding research of the disease biomarkers and development of modern diagnostics, will be discussed. Other topics include: collection of biospecimens using standard protocols versus custom protocols; effective use of currently available biorepositories for future studies on the indicated subject; relevant regulatory and legal issues, including international disparities in regulations on use of human materials for biomedical research.

  • Human biospecimens: the foundation of translational medical research
  • Important pre-analytical aspects of human biospecimen procurement:
    • tissue collection specifications
    • processing materials and methods
    • storage and shipping procedures
    • analyte preparation techniques
  • Standard operating procedures:
    • collection and handling of human biospecimens
    • legal and ethical considerations
    • clinical data collection and management
  • Project-based collection protocols and custom assay development
  • Effective utilization of human biospecimens in modern biomedical research, including development of new drugs, novel biomarkers and personalized molecular diagnostics

Olga Potapova, Ph.D., Founder, CEO and Scientific Director, Cureline, Inc.

Cost & Registration

  • Regular Price: $30
  • Partners' Network: $20
  • BioCenter Members: Free (please RSVP to [email protected])
  • On-site Registration: add $10 to the above

Space is limited for this event, so early pre-registration is recommended to avoid disappointment on the day!


The San Jose BioCenter
5941 Optical Court
San Jose, CA 95138
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Olga Potapova is an expert in biotechnology and life sciences business development. Since 2003, Dr. Potapova leads Cureline, the international biomedical project management group of companies working in the areas of human tissue acquisition (, clinical research consulting (, and diagnostics and laboratory services ( At Cureline, she is responsible for strategic development, international alliance management, new products and services development and expansion into new markets. Previously she worked in the fields of cancer research human molecular genetics and genomics, oncology drug R&D; and translational medicine (NIH and Pfizer/SUGEN). Olga has received multiple AACR/AFLAC awards, NIH and NATO fellowships, and has published multiple scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Potapova holds international and US patents, and has advanced degrees in Physics (M.Sc.) and in Molecular Genetics/Biochemistry (Ph.D.).

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