Thursday, August 28, 2014

Last Call to Register for the China Days meeting

EBF Knowledge Exchange Meeting

China Days

11-12 September 2014, Maritim Hotel Berlin, Germany

In a previous post below you will find the final agenda for the China Days meeting which will be held at the Maritim hotel in Berlin from 11-12 September. The meeting is intended for scientists and managers from the areas of bioanalysis, clinical development and clinical operations, quality assurance and regulatory either from the pharmaceutical industry or contract research organisations. The program is constructed to have an optimal exchange of knowledge between scientists from the various disciplines from East and West on doing studies in China.

The costs for this unique meeting are 320 euro, including a meeting package, refreshments, lunch and a cocktail reception. To register go to and follow the link to our secure registration system. Note that registration via the website closes on 7 September and that thereafter only on-site registration in cash is possible. The fee for on-site registration is 500 euro. 

Detailed information on the meeting can be found at the conference website:

With kind regards and looking forward to see you in Berlin, 

On behalf of the EBF and CBF
Margarete Brudny-Kloeppel and Peter van Amsterdam

EBF – Knowledge Exchange

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EBF Lab Manual

EBF has issued a lab manual to help standardize the flow of information and sampling procedures in clinical trials. Download now by following this link.

This lab manual is the product of a dedicated EBF team which developed it and discussed it with specialists from clinical operations and central laboratories at the February 2014 Focus Workshop in Brussels.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Vote now for the 2014 winner of the Young Investigator Award

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Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award 2014. Sponsered by Waters. Associated with EBF.
Who will win the 2014
Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award?
Every year Bioanalysis recognizes some of the brightest young scientists in the field in its Young Investigator Award.
This year 15 young scientists were nominated for the Award. Now our advisory panel have helped us to narrow the field down to the five most exceptional candidates:

Vote now to help us choose our winner!
To help you decide, each finalist has submitted a 5 minute presentation on their work.

Follow the links to see the presentations in full.

Cristina Guallar Hoyas

Voting closes on 31st August.

The Award is held in association with Waters and the European Bioanalysis Forum, with the winner receiving US$1000, a year’s subscription to Bioanalysis and free open access for their next article published in the journal. They will also have the chance to accept their award in person and present their work at the European Bioanalysis Forum Symposium in November.
Vote Now


Agenda China Days "Meet the Dragon" EBF meeting

Day 1 – Thusday 11 September 2014
09:00 – 11:00      Registration
11:00 – 11:05      Welcome
11:05     13:00     Doing business in China
·         Christian Goedel (SinaLingua)
Cultural awareness: things can be confusing, pitfalls, keeping face, etiquette
·         Yang Liu (Yang Liu Design)
East meets West – Yang Liu’s personal experience on cultural differences
·         Discussion
13:00 – 14:00      Lunch
14:00 – 15:30      Quality systems and Regulatory Processes
·         Jianan Wang (CFDA)
Submissions and inspections
·         Andrew Gray (MHRA)
Is GLP an appropriate standard for laboratories that analyse samples from human clinical trials? – A European perspective
·         Philip Timmerman (Janssen R&D)
Bioanalysis in China: working in the intersection of global regulations and OECD-GLP
·         Discussion
15:30 – 16:00      Tea Break
16:00 - 18:00       Bioanalytical Guidelines
·         Daniel Tan (ICON)
·         Dafang Zhong (Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica)
Guideline on bioanalytical method validation in China
·         Daniel Tang (ICON)
CBF activities and involvement in guideline conception and review
·         Discussion
18:00 – 19:00      Reception
Day 2 – Wednesday 12 September
8:30 – 10:30        Clinical studies
·         Peter van Amsterdam (Abbott Established Pharmaceuticals Division)
Introduction to Clinical Trial Applications
·         Pei Hu (Peking Union Medical College Hospital)
Early Phase clinical studies
·         Huafang Li (Shanghai Mental Health Center)
Late Phase Clinical Trials
·         Discussion
10:30 – 11:00      Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:50      Learning by doing
·         Margarete Brudny-Klöppel (Bayer Pharma AG)
How to get the business started
·         Fan Ji (Covance)
Operational and Compliance challenges of setting up Bioanalytical Lab in China
·         Johanna Beekman (Bayer Pharma AG)
Bayer’s experience in sample exportation from China
·         TBD
Central lab perspective
·         Discussion
12:50 – 13:00      Reflections and Close out
13:00 – 14:00      Lunch

Coming EBF meetings

Knowledge Exchange meeting: China Days - Meet the Dragon
11-12 September 2014, Berlin

  • To register for the meeting and for more info on the venue and program, visit the conference site:
  • Registration fee for the meeting is € 320. After 7 Sep, only on-site registration is possible at a fee of € 500 (cash payment only). 

1st EBF Young Scientist Symposium - “Unleashing the Future”
18 November 2014, Barcelona

  • More info on the meeting can be found on the YSS page at the 2014 Open Symposium conference site:
  • The call for speakers is still open. Abstracts can be send until Sept. 15th, using the “Oral presentation and Poster submission form
  • To register for the meeting, use the ‘Meeting registration form’
  • Registration fee for the meeting is € 150. Registration fee is waived for EBF member company delegates and YSS speakers. After 12 Nov 2014, only on-site registration is possible (€ 200, cash only – incl. for EBF member delegates)

7th EBF Open Symposium: Beyond the Horizon
19-21 November 2014, Barcelona

  • To register for the meeting and for more info on the venue and program, visit the conference site
  • Registration fee for industry/private is € 450 (academia/YSS delegates pay € 300). Registration via the website closes on 15 November 2014. After that date, only on-site registration is possible at a fee of € 700 (cash payment only). 
EBF conferences are organised as a non-profit event by the European Bioanalysis Forum VZW

Friday, August 1, 2014

Young Investigator Award 2014

The EBF is committed to foster talent and to provide young scientist an opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to the international bioanalytical discussions. In line with this commitment, the EBF will organize a Young Scientists Symposium on 18 November and has reserved time to celebrate the winner of the 2014 Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award at the upcoming 7th EBF Open Symposium (Barcelona, 19 - 21 November 2014). The winner will present his/her work during an oral session in the main auditorium on the third day. For those who remember the inspiring presentations from the previous winners, you won’t want to miss this.


Voting for the Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award 2014 has officially opened! Visit the Zone to vote in our simple online poll to help determine the winner of this year’s award. Senior Editors of Bioanalysis have narrowed the field down to the five most exceptional candidates, listed below:

Casey Burton (Missouri University of Science & Technology, MO, USA) Cristina Guallar-Hoyas (Imperial College, London, UK)
XiuJun (James) Li (University of Texas at El Paso, TX, USA)
Peter Nemes (Department of Chemistry, The George Washington University, DC, USA)
Adam Shuhendler (Radiology, Stanford University, CA, USA)

Follow the links above to view the finalist profiles, each finalist has also submitted a 5-min presentation on their work to help you make your choice.

Voting will close on the 31st August, so vote now and have your say!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

China Days meeting: Request for input

Our speakers of the clinical studies session are interested to learn from you which aspects, which questions, you would like them to address in their presentations. It specifically concerns these two talks:

• Early Phase clinical studies (Pei Hu, Peking Union Medical College Hospital)
• Late Phase clinical studies (Huafang Li, Shanghai Mental Health Center)

Please send your questions to so that we can help the speakers building an even better program. Many thanks in advance

EBF 2014 Annual Meeting - 7th Open Symposium, Hesperia Tower, Barcelona, Spain

Monday, July 7, 2014

EBF-YSS: Young Scientists on Facebook and Linkedin

This year on 17 November, EBF will organize its first Young Scientists Symposium. A meeting targeted for young bioanalytical scientists of less than 35 years of age or with less than 5 years of experience in the bioanalytical sciences. 

To communicate about the meeting, discuss the science and to connect an EBF-YSS facebook page ( has been made as well as a group on Linkedin:

Are you a young Bioanalyst from Pharma, Biotech, CROs and Academia, motivated and full of energy and passion to drive science forward? The YSS is a great opportunity to highlight the scientific excellence going on around us, connect with each other and learn more about the important contributions that we are making to achieve our scientific goals

Monday, June 30, 2014

Two new EBF publications

How the bioanalytical scientist plays a key role in interdisciplinary project teams in the development of biotherapeutics – a reflection of the European Bioanalysis Forum
Sherri Dudal, Roland F Staack, Daniela Stoellner, Marianne Scheel Fjording, Eva Vieser, Marie-Hélène Pascual, Margarete Brudny-Kloeppel, Michaela Golob
Bioanalysis, May 2014, Vol. 6, No. 10, Pages 1339-1348.

EBF recommendation for stability testing of anti-drug antibodies; lessons learned from anti-vaccine antibody stability studies
Susanne Pihl, Lydia Michaut, Jenny Hendriks, Ralf Loebbert, Janka Ryding, Martin Nemansky, Laurent Vermet, Arjen Companjen
Bioanalysis, May 2014, Vol. 6, No. 10, Pages 1409-1413.

EBF 7th Open Symposium - Conference Updates


The final program is available

Many experts submitted their abstracts, which allowed the organizing committee to make a strong and balanced selection. The resulting final program is now available on the conference website

Posters can still be submitted

Posters can still be submitted (until October 16th, 2014) to You can find detailed instructions on


Web registration is open. You can register now by going to our secured registration website.

Registration fee is 450 Euro. Delegates from Academia (and YSS delegates – see note below) can register at a reduced fee of 300 Euro.

The fee includes entrance to the 3-day conference, food and beverages during lunch, coffee breaks and cocktail receptions in the early evenings. No one-day passes are available. Registration fee is waived for presenters. Web-registration will close on November 15. After that date we only accept on-site registration at an increased fee of 700 Euro (cash only – no credit cards accepted)


Note: For our next generation bioanalytical experts, EBF young scientists organise a special 1-day Young Scientist Symposium (YSS) on November 18, the day before the main conference. A separate Call for speakers and Call for Registration was sent earlier using this conference mailing address. We invite you to stimulate young talent in your organization to sign up for this first YSS. Also, registered YSS delegates can register for the 7th Open Symposium using the reduced 'Academia-registration rate' link in the aforementioned secured registration website.

Daniela Stoellner (Novartis), Magnus Knutsson (Ferring), Steve White (GSK), Peter van Amsterdam (Abbott), Margarete Brudny-Kloeppel (Bayer Pharma AG), Arjen Companjen (Crucell), Michaela Golob (Merck-Serono) and Philip Timmerman (Janssen R&D)

Christina Smith, Bavalan Bioconference SARL
The conference is organised as a non-profit event on behalf of the EBF vzw . The organisation of the conference is independent of all EBF member companies and conference sponsors.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bioanalysis announces nominee list for the 2014 Young Investigator Award

Lisa Parks of Bioanalysiszone announced this week that the full profiles of the 2014 Young Investigator nominees are now free to view on Bioanalysis Zone! This year there were 15 young scientists nominated for the award, the profiles feature an interview with each nominee, including highlights of their bioanalytical career so far and challenges faced along the way.

The editorial panel will narrow the field to five finalists before the online vote to the bioanalytical community is opened and the winner is presented with the award at the EBF Symposium in November. Voting will open on Bioanalysis Zone in August so keep an eye open for that!

The winner will receive a $1000 prize, a subscription to Bioanalysis, and the opportunity to share their research at the EBF Open Symposium in Barcelona. EBF Committee member Peter Van Amsterdam commented,

“The EBF is committed to help talented young scientists develop and to provide an opportunity for them to actively participate in and contribute to international bioanalytical discussion. In line with this commitment, the EBF has again reserved time to celebrate the winner of the 2014 Bioanalysis Young Investigator Award at the upcoming 7th EBF Open Symposium (Barcelona, 19–21 November 2014)!”