Short Courses*


9:00 am - 12:00 pm

SC1: NGS Diagnostics: Technology, Regulation and Reimbursement - Detailed Agenda

Aaron J. Schetter, Ph.D., MPH, Senior Staff Fellow, Division of Molecular Genetics and Pathology/OIR, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Katherine Tynan, Ph.D., President, Tynan Consulting LLC

Barbara A. Conley, M.D., Associate Director, Cancer Diagnosis Program, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute

P. Mickey Williams, Ph.D., Director, Molecular Characterization & Clinical Assay Development Laboratory (MoCha), Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

SC2: Method Validation According to CLSI Guidelines - Detailed Agenda

Shuguang Huang, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Stat4ward LLC

SC3: Translating CTCs for Clinical Use - Detailed Agenda

Scott M. Berry, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Joshua M. Lang, M.D., MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Carbone Cancer Center, University of Wisconsin

Michael Haffner, M.D., Carbone Cancer Center, University of Wisconsin


2:00 - 5:00 pm

SC5: Establishing the Value of Diagnostic Tests - Detailed Agenda

Lawrence J. Worden, Vice President and Senior Partner, Market Diagnostics International

Joseph M. Campos, Ph.D., D(ABMM), F(AAM), Interim Chief, Division of Laboratory Medicine; Director, Microbiology Laboratory, Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, and Laboratory Informatics, Children’s National Medical Center

Joen Johansen, Head of Strategic Marketing, Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc.

SC6: NGS Assay Development and Validation - Detailed Agenda

Jamie Platt, Ph.D., Vice President, Genomic Solutions, Molecular Pathology Laboratory Network, Inc.

Jennifer Morrissette, Ph.D., Scientific Director, Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory, Clinical Director, Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

SC7: Digital PCR: A Technology Primer - Detailed Agenda

Alexandra Whale, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Molecular and Cell Biology Team, Science and Innovation Division, LGC Group

SC8: Detection and Characterization of Circulating Biomarkers - Detailed Agenda

Sonya Parpart-Li, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Personal Genome Diagnostics

Alison L. Allan, Ph.D., Senior Oncology Scientist & Assoc Professor, Oncology & Anatomy & Cell Biology, London Regional Cancer Center


5:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner Short Course

SC9: Practical Considerations for NGS Data Analysis and Interpretation - Detailed Agenda

Robert D. Daber, Ph.D., Director, Research and Development and Sequencing Operations, Bio-Reference Laboratories

Matthew Lebo, Ph.D., FACMG, Director, Bioinformatics, Partners Personalized Medicine; Instructor, Pathology, Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals

SC10: Regulatory Compliance in Advanced Diagnostics - Detailed Agenda

Abraham Tzou, M.D., Medical Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Adminstration

Melina Cimler, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Quality & Regulatory, Adaptive Biotechnologies

Pamela Swatkowski, Director, Global Regulatory Affairs, Abbott Molecular


6:30 - 8:30 pm Dinner Short Courses

SC11: Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues with NGS and Multiplex Assays - Detailed Agenda

Živana Težak, Ph.D., Associate Director, Science and Technology, Personalized Medicine, Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety (OIVD), Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), FDA

Girish Putcha, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Laboratory Science, Palmetto GBA (MolDX)

SC12: NGS for Infectious Disease Diagnostics - Detailed Agenda

Sneha Somasekar, Staff Research Associate, Chiu Laboratory and UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, University of California, San Francisco

SC13: Use of CLIA-Waived Point-of-Care and Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Community Pharmacies - Detailed Agenda

Michael E. Klepser, Pharm.D., FCCP, Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Ferris State University College of Pharmacy

Donald G. Klepser, Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy

Allison Dering-Anderson, Pharm.D., RP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy

SC14: Liquid Biopsy: Clinical Applications and Business Considerations - Detailed Agenda

Theresa Zhang, Ph.D., Vice President, Research Services, Personal Genome Diagnostics

Divyaa Ravishankar, MS, Senior Consultant, Life Sciences, Frost & Sullivan


5:00 - 8:00 pm Symposia Dinner Short Course

SC15: Preimplantation Genetic Screening and Diagnostics: A Technology Overview - Detailed Agenda

Mark Umbarger, Ph.D., Director, Research and Development, Good Start Genetics

Nathan Treff, Director, Molecular Biology Research, Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey; Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Genetics, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey

Svetlana Rechitsky, Ph.D., Laboratory Director, Reproductive Genetics Innovations

*Separate registration required for Short Courses.