CBI & GBSI Release 2013 Biotechnology & Standards Conference Summary
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Biomedical Innovation (CBI) and the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI) co-hosted a conference on the growing role of standards in biotechnology.
This conference sought to engage academics, practitioners, and policymakers on the prospects and challenges in establishing standards in life sciences research and commercialization.
Standards are used in all areas of life science research and are critical to assure the quality and safety of biomanufactured research tools, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Standards also have the potential to enhance research productivity, limit duplication and facilitate future biomedical innovation.
The purpose of this groundbreaking conference was to identify key opportunities for standards in life sciences research, encourage more systematic evaluation of the role that standards might play, and initiate the formation of a community committed to the development of robust and meaningful standard-setting in the life sciences going forward.