In this conference report we discuss our highlights from the 10th Open Meeting of the European Bioanalytical Forum – a New Journey Begins (Barcelona, Spain; 14–17 November). EBF highlights with Naamah Maundrell (Editor, Bioanalysis Zone) and Sankeetha Nadarajah (Commissioning Editor, Bioanalysis):
- Microsampling – what can the future look like? – This session provided a refresher on the technique itself as well as some on the key challenges and experiences of the speakers on how to overcome these challenges. Neil Spooner, the Senior Editor of Bioanalysis, gave a talk in which he explored one of the most important factors when it comes to quantitative bioanalysis, but also one which is easily overlooked as we tend to focus on the finer details – and that was patient-centric microsampling. He looked into the technologies available, the potential benefits and what this will enable in terms patient-driven healthcare.
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- Ambiguities in dealing with regulations – As part of this session, Vera Hillewaert (Janssen R&D) highlighted the need for harmonization with different regulations and authorities. She unpacks this further in an exclusive interview with Bioanalysis Zone so stay tuned for her interview in early 2018.
- Assay Transfers – Speakers from both CROs and Pharma looked at the realities when it came to method transfer. They discussed if a plug-and-play approach was actually possible, whether it was method transfer or redevelopment that occurred in most cases, and also about cross-validation challenges. There was a workshop on the Pharma–CRO relationship which expanded on these discussions further.
- New technologies applied – In this session speakers focused on how we can improve bioanalytical throughput, streamlining processes and one of our Zone Leaders, Amanda Wilson (Astrazenca), spoke on how we should fight not flight technology. We currently have a Spotlight on emerging technologies – so do check it out if you want to learn more.