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11th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium

3 August, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5 August, 2015 @ 1:00 pm CDT




2015 MABioN Biosafety Symposium

 Hosted by Northwestern University  –  Evanston, IL


August 3-5 2015

2015 Symposium Sponsors

SalusWaukegan, ILVWRRadnor, PA

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, IL

WCG Biosafety
 Princeton, NJ
BioRaftCambridge, MA



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Allentown, NJ


Kansas City, MO

D.A.I. Scientific

Mundelein, IL





Plymouth, MN


Iselin, NJ

Lab Metrics , Inc.

Burr Ridge, IL


Travel Arrangements

Location: Evanston, IL


Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201, USATEL: +1-847-475-6400FAX: +1-847-475-6460
  • Single Occupancy $149.00 (includes breakfast)
  • Rooms will be held until 7/03/2015 at the discounted rate above.
  • $13/day at hotel
  • $7/day at nearby lot (not owned by hotel)

Call the hotel directly and mention the “MABioN Symposium” to get the special rate.


This Hilton Garden Inn near Northwestern University offers a wide range of amenities including

complimentary WiFi, a 24-hour business center,complimentary fitness center

and a breakfast/dinner service restaurant onsite, providing everything you need to make your stay successful.


Go North on I-294 to Dempster St. Exit East. Stay on Dempster approx. 15 minutes.

Turn left onto McCormick Blvd. Turn right onto Golf Rd., which becomes Emerson St.

Turn right onto Maple Ave. & hotel will be on the right.

Alternate Hotels

Hotels Nearby:

Within walking distance:
European Margarita Inn1655 Oak St., Evanston Ph: (847) 869-2273From $129/night + tax
Best Western University Plaza1501 Sherman Ave., Evanston Ph: 847/491-6400From $129/night + tax
The Homestead 1625 Hinman Ave., EvanstonPh: 847-475-3300From $140/night + tax
Nearby via car/cab:
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-North Shore Conference Center9599 Skokie Blvd., SkokiePh: 847-679-7000From $135/night + tax
Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago-North Shore 5201 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie Ph: 847-583-1111From $135/night + tax


Nearest Airports:

  • Chicago – O’Hare
  • Chicago – Midway

From the Airport:

CTA (the El) and Metra lines nearby

 From O’Hare
  • Primetime Limousine Service, Contact Donovan work: 224-280-6700; Cell 773-416-7836, Cost: $45 plus tip
  • Go Airport Express, for Shared Van, Cost: $46 plus tip
  • CTA/ Buses – Requires changing buses/trains


Meeting Location

Hilton Garden Inn  (Evanston, IL)

Hilton Garden InnConference Rooms


Tuesday Night Reception

BRAVO! Cucina Italiana

Church Street Plz
1701 Maple Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
More details and entertainment will be announced later.

Extra tickets can be added to your registration during checkout for $50 each.

Symposium Registration

Registration is now open!

Registration links can be found at the bottom of this page.

Registration Fees:

MABioN Members: $225 (before July 3rd); $275 (after July 3rd)

Non-Members: $275 (before July 3rd); $325 (after July 3rd)


Note: Registration for members is only available when you are logged into the website.


If you want to save a little money, become a member of MABioN for only $25/year and then register as a member. Information can be found here


Symposium registration includes:

  • Workshop on Monday afternoon
  • Breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Dinner Reception on Tues. Night.

Dietary Restrictions: There is a box on the checkout page to indicate any dietary restrictions/requirements you may have. 

*NEW* Pre-Symposium Course

Monday August, 3rd – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Biosafety Leadership:  Essential Tips for Leading in Biosafety – Sean Kaufman

Biosafety officers face several challenges ranging from limited resources, quick deadlines, factors of human error, workforce resistance, and safety culture issues.  The biosafety officer is the keystone of safety culture, serving at the intersection of the organization’s workforce and leadership.  This responsibility requires a unique set of leadership skills.  Participants attending this workshop will receive a summary of lessons learned from the Leadership Institute for Biosafety Professionals.

Cost: $125 before July 3rd  ($175 after 7/3)

Register here


Symposium Agenda

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  • “Aerosol transmission dynamics of infectious agents in academic labs,”
    • Rachel Jones, Ph.D, UIC School of Public Health
  • “Becoming a Culture Expert,”
    • Sean Kaufman MPH, CHES, CPH, Founder, Behavioral-Based Improvement Solutions, LLC
  • Select Agent Regulation Changes since 2012
    • Victoria Guilfoil, DVM Veterinary Medical Officer
  • “Gene Therapy,”
    • Chris Jenkins, PhD, Senior Vice President , WIRB-Copernicus Group

Copies of the Symposium Presentations will be available in the MABioN Members Area of the website within 2 weeks of the end of the Symposium.


3 August, 2015 @ 1:00 pm CDT
5 August, 2015 @ 1:00 pm CDT
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Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston
1818 Maple Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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