I’m very excited to be ISBER’s president for 2015-16! In my first President’s Message I especially want to thank all of you who attended the annual meeting in Phoenix, which was a record setter in terms of attendance, with over 770 registered delegates, and a sold out exhibit hall.
For those of you who are more recent members, you may not know that I was ISBER’s second president, in 2001-02. So I want to take this opportunity to provide a little historical perspective as we continue to celebrate the outstanding success of the meeting in Phoenix. ISBER was the brainchild of our first president Elaine Gunter, and was organized in 1999 through a series of meetings at the American Type Culture Collection headquarters in Virginia, and at McKesson Bioservices and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), both in Maryland. The founding members were from a variety of government, commercial and academic biobanking organizations. Our first meeting was co-sponsored by the NCI and was held in Rockville Maryland in 2000. The first meeting, as well as the second in Atlanta, third in the Boston area, and most of the earlier meetings each attracted over 200 attendees, which we considered to be large numbers at the time. Click here to read more!