Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | 5:45-8:45pm | Dinner Workshop

Rapid Sample Preparation for Pathogen Detection

Rapid Sample Preparation for Pathogen Detection This workshop will discuss sample preparation technologies for detection, identification and analysis of biomedical, biological and chemical agents, biothreats in point-of-care, laboratory and field settings. It will review the novel and rapid technologies for sample preparation, application of analytical strategies and automation in biodetection.

Topics to be Covered Will Include:

  • Sampling and Analysis Strategies
  • Sample Prep Advantages
  • Some Lessons learned the Hard Way
  • Successful Case Study – Environmental
  • Automation for Biodetection
  • Have a Clear Goal and a Plan
  • Choose your Gear with the End in Mind


Dave Alburty, Chief Executive Officer, InnovaPrep, LLC

Mr. Alburty has over twenty years experience in the Aerosol Research Industry. Beginning at Midwest Research Institute (MRI) in Kansas City his work as a staff research scientist centered on aerosol studies in environmental and biodefense applications. After serving fifteen years at MRI, Dave founded an aerosol science and engineering R&D test and evaluation/product development lab in Drexel Missouri. AlburtyLab offers third party validation to developers of many large-scale Homeland Security and Department of Defense projects as well as various commercial products.

Through his work in the biodefense industry, Dave recognized a missing technology between bio-collection and rapid biodetection/identification. That link is the advancement of sample preparation and biological concentration technologies. Through internal research and development projects at AlburtyLab, The InnovaPrep System was developed to fulfill that need. InnovaPrep LLC was subsequently launched in June 2009 as a manufacturer and integrator of biological sampling and concentration systems and solutions.

Byron Brehm-Stecher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rapid Microbial Detection and Control Laboratory, Iowa State University

Dr. Brehm-Stecher’s research is focused on two major areas: the development of improved methods for the rapid detection and characterization of bacterial pathogens, and novel antimicrobial approaches for the control of food pathogens or spoilage organisms. Technology platforms for detection work include flow cytometry and other single cell analytical methods. A recurring theme in our detection work is pre-analytical sample preparation – the often-neglected processing steps needed to get from a raw sample to the final answer. Key tools used in our antimicrobial work include natural antimicrobial compounds, including plant essential oils, and synthetic biomimetic antimicrobial polymers or small molecules. An underlying theme of our antimicrobial work is enhancement – approaches for boosting antimicrobial potency through additive or synergistic interactions among system components.

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