Interactive online seminar on biomarker validation topics- IBBL

Date & Time 28 November 2022 (9:30 – 13:45 CET)
Location Online

Apply for this unique online seminar to learn about the importance of pre-analytics in biomarker discovery and the benefits of biomarker validation. The online seminar is offered by Integrated Biobank Luxembourg and targets SMEs from North-West Europe and other European regions that develop biomarkers for diagnostics. The interactive online seminar is divided into two parts.

In part I, experts from, Strategiqual and IBBL will present strategies for biomarker validation in three lectures. You will also learn first-hand from SMEs about successful biomarker commercialisations.

In part II, you will have the opportunity to arrange individual 30 minute 1:1 meetings with our experts from and Strategiqual. Please contact the respective experts after successful registration. If you want to receive tailored coaching for strategic biomarker development from IBBL experts, please apply for a Consultancy Service on specific biomarker topics.



9:30 – 9:45 Welcome and introduction of Codex4SMEs project

Speaker: Monica Marchese, PhD, Translational Biomarker Group Leader  IBBL (Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg)

9:45 – 10:15 The importance of biobank networks for SME’s

Speaker: Annelies Debucquoy, National Node Director, Belgian Cancer Registry, Belgium


An introduction to biobank networks, services and opportunities for collaboration with the largest European biobank infrastructure BBMRI-ERIC from the perspective of the National biobank network in Belgium (, access to samples and data, support and guidance on topics related to ethical/legal aspects of biobanking and how to assure the highest quality of samples.

10:15 – 10:45 Collaboration with SME’s from a hospital integrated biobank point of view

Speaker: Elke Smits, Chief Science & Innovation Officer, University Hospital Antwerp & President, Belgium


This session, will bring some hands-on examples of collaborations between SME’s and biobanks from a hospital integrated biobank point of view. Experiences in merging translational and clinical research within clinical practice both in an academic as industrial setting as well as how to get the best out of collaborations between SME’s and biobanks will be shared.

10:45 – 11:15 Biomarker Validation: a critical step for successful Personalised Medicine

Speaker: Monica Marchese, PhD, Translational Biomarker Group Leader  IBBL (Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg)

11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Regulatory aspects – Global picture of the IVDR and roadmap for SMEs

Speaker: tbc,


12:30 – 12:45 Coffee Break
12:45 – 13:15 Translation of biomarker into market

Best practice examples of successful SMEs

13:15 – 13:45 Q&A session


Terms of participation: Read more & apply

Learn more about the online seminar here.