14th Australasian Tissue & Biotherapeutics Forum (Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia), Scientific & Business meeting, 2013, including a TGA Consultation Workshop

Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the the Executive committee, I am pleased to announce the

14th Australasian Tissue & Biotherapeutics Forum (Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia), Scientific & Business meeting, 2013, including a TGA Consultation Workshop.

To be held over 2 days. July 15th & 16th, 2013.

Venue: Mercure Canberra, Corner Limestone and Ainslie Avenues, Braddon, ACT.

Following last year's successful meeting, combined with the APASTB and ISCT (Australasian Region), and with the 7th World Congress on Tissue Banking to be hosted in Melbourne in 2014, this year's meeting will be focused on local Regulatory, Scientific and Business issues for Biotherapeutics and Tissue.

Many of you will be aware of the recent success of the Special General Meeting to introduce new association rules and transition to a new name, Biologicals Association of Australasia, with a new individual membership structure, to encourage greater participation and inclusion of members from all fields of tissue banking, cellular therapies, biologicals, testing & research laboratories and related fields. These amendments are now awaiting approval by the government authority who manages association registration. We hope to receive that approval and to be able to circulate further information and membership invitations in the coming weeks.

For Meeting Registration information, please refer to the attached ATBF(BAA) 2013 meeting registration form and draft program. Member registration discounts are available to staff of existing member banks, associate members and professional members and will be extended to those who are accepted as Individual members under the new Rules of the Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia.

Delegates will be responsible for coordinating their own travel & accommodation. Discounted room rates on a limited number of rooms are available at the Mercure Canberra, until June 14.To receive the discounted rate, please quote: perthbone&tis when booking accommodation. Please see Accommodation information attached.

Call for Abstracts
The Executive and Organising Committee of the 14th Australasian Tissue and Biotherapeutics Forum (Biotherapeutics Association of Australasia) Scientific & Business meeting, invites submissions for oral & poster presentations.Information on the presentation & poster program and abstract submission instructions can be found on the attached Call for Abstracts document.
We are very keen to encourage the submission of abstracts from all areas of Biotherapeutics and allied fields.

TGA Consultation Workshop
We are pleased to welcome a delegation of TGA representatives from the Offices of Scientific Evaluation & Manufacturing Quality, for a consultation workshop on July 15. This is a unique opportunity for Members and delegates to submit specific regulatory questions to the TGA representatives. To ensure a considered and thorough response, questions are invited prior to the workshop and may be submitted to the secretary atgavinv@barwonhealth.org.au

Plenary Discussion – When biologicals become products - ethics, commercialisation and importation of tissue
Members and delegates are also invited to pose questions on the Ethics, Commercialisation and Import of Biologicals, to direct the conversation of a panel discussion on these topics. Proposed questions may be submitted to the secretary at gavinv@barwonhealth.org.au


Accommodation Page
ATBFBAA 2013 meeting registration form
ATBFBAA2013 Call for Abstracts
TGA BAA 2013 meeting program and abstracts
TGA workshop questions 2013