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Integrated Gulf Biosystems (IGB) is a partner of choice for Life Science and Clinical Genomic Solutions in the Middle East (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Libya). Since its inception in 1999, IGB has differentiated itself through exemplary Support (Service and Application), Workflow solutions and good sales support. IGB are channel partners for Life Science giants such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, Hamilton (Robotics and Storage), NanoString and others. To provide Molecular and Genomic solutions for inherited and infectious disease diagnostics we feature validated clinical solutions from Fast-track Diagnostics, DNA Genotek, BAG Healthcare and Elucigene Diagnostic.
IGB has become synonymous with names such as the Saudi Genome Project- the most prestigious population based sequencing project in the world, Saudi Date genome and projects for forensics and several others.

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Workshop Description

Tuesday, March 9th 2021

10h00 - 10h45 I AST, Doha Time

Topic: Transitioning to an Automated Biobank: Advantages, Best Practices, and Case Study 

Automated biobanking technologies offer advantages over traditional manual storage systems for protecting sample integrity and security, streamlining biobanking activities, and making the most efficient use of space and energy.  In this workshop, we will first provide an overview of the benefits of utilizing automated storage systems in biobanking applications. We will describe how automated storage systems support a high-throughput biobanking workflow. Then, we will offer general guidelines for setting up and achieving the highest efficiency from an automated biobank. Finally, we will provide a case study of the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (NCRAD) at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA. NCRAD is consolidating multiple collections of manually stored samples totaling over 3.5 million (including DNA, cerebrospinal fluid, brain tissue, and more) into a single Hamilton BiOS automated storage system.  Automated storage processes will enable NCRAD’s biorepository operations team to cut sample turnaround in half and remove sources of variability in sample storage, thus ensuring that all research supported by the facility is robust and reproducible

Speaker Details: Michelle Ng-Almada

BiOS Product Manager, Hamilton Storage