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Jul 22-Aug 3, 2020 | 16th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium @ GoToWebinar

July 22 - August 3

2020 MABioN Biosafety Symposium

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July-August, 2020

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The symposium is free for MABioN Members. A discount code will be displayed by the registration link in “Meeting Details” tab when you are logged into the website.


Because it’s now more important than ever, the 16th Annual MABioN Biosafety Symposium will still be held, just not in-person and not August 3-5, 2020 in Ann Arbor, MI.

Symposium will include the following sessions:

  • MABioN Symposium Part 1: Jul 22, 11:00am-1:30pm CDT
  • MABioN Symposium Part 2: Jul 28, 11:00am-1:30pm CDT
  • MABioN Symposium Part 3: Aug 3, 1:00pm-5:00pm CDT (Biological Imports Short Course)
  • Happy Hour (date & time TBD)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our annual Biosafety Symposium will be held remotely through our GoToWebinar platform. You can still participate, present, and attend – and get CM points from ABSA – but you can do it from home or office. Our hope is to not only have our usual attendance of 40-50 members but to double or even triple attendance to provide CM points for the many biosafety professionals out there that will be unable to attend other regional affiliate symposiums or training courses that may have been canceled due to COVID-19 or travel restrictions.

What is the “Normal” MABioN Biosafety Symposium?

The Symposium is a two day conference for biosafety professionals and others involved in biosafety. The Symposium opens at 1pm on Monday and concludes after lunch on Wednesday. Presentations on various topics related to biosafety are planned for Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning. An optional half-day pre-conference workshop will be held Monday morning, and an optional facility tour on Wednesday afternoon. Come and network with biosafety professionals in the Midwest area and learn and share information about biosafety. Register separately for the Monday morning workshop, which includes a break and lunch.

Symposium registration includes:

  • Breaks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
  • Dinner Reception on Tuesday Night
  • Monday morning pre-symposium workshop (additional fee applies)

Symposium registration is open!

Registration is FREE for members and $10 for each session for non-members. Visit the “Meeting Details” tab to register.

Meeting Location:

Remote GoToWebinar



  • Click HERE to register use promo code:
  • FREE for MABioN member: Have the promo code when checking out. The discount code above is only visible to members.

While we are registering attendees through the Go To Webinar system for all 3 parts of the symposium, we have not finalized how the short course (Part 3) will be presented because of certain security restrictions that Customs and Border Protection (the course presenters) have, so we are not sending confirmation emails to registrants with webinar joining information for Part 3 yet. A confirmation email will be sent to all registrants when the details are finalized. You will see on screen confirmation of registration. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


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Tuesday Dinner Reception

Dinner social

None this year. But there will be a Virtual Happy Hour TBA- BYOB.

Symposium Agenda

Symposium Agenda

Wed, Jul 22, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM CDT
We have broken our traditional two day symposium into 3 sessions on 3 separate days. The list of speakers for the first session is below. Each speaker will have ~25 minutes to talk and 5-10 minutes for questions/discussion. The MABioN Business meeting will take up the remaining time in this session.

  • Chris Jenkins – Human Gene Transfer COVID-19 – Current Status and Biosafety Challenges
  • Sivarchana Mareedu – Development and Validation of Biosafety Climate Scale for US Biomedical and Microbiological Research Universities
  • Sarah Lawson – Getting the Train Back on the Tracks – Research in the Time of COVID-19
  • MABioN Business Meeting


Tue, Jul 28, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM CDT

The list of speakers for the first session is below. Each speaker will have ~25 minutes to talk and 5-10 minutes for questions/discussion.

  • Kara Sarchet – VLPs and Pseudoviruses
  • Susan Vleck – Zoonotic Challenges in Biosafety: When an Everyday BSL1 becomes a LAI
  • Sumit Ghosh – Safeguards for Using Viral Vector Systems in Human Gene Therapy: A Resource for Biosafety Professionals
  • Allen Helm – Ramping up during a ramp-down: A biosafety program shifts gears and Zooms forward


Mon, Aug 3, 2020 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

This event will be a 4 hour short course on biological imports presented by agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Your bedroom or couch

  • Consult with your significant other as applicable
  • No extra charge



Transportation and Driving directions

No additional travel required

  • If you work from home, walk to your desk or home office right before the meeting
  • If you work from your office, your usual commute applys




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Join MABioN today as an Individual Member for only $25 and save $5 off your symposium registration fee and save even more if you attend the pre-symposium course.

For information on other membership types go here.


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