The galleria of industry workshops and lecture series presentations at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo offers within an hour’s time the latest information on molecular assays, biomarkers, and novel technologies, providing nuggets of key information on topics ranging from saliva and tuberculosis testing, to the critical role of water in laboratory performance.

Attendees looking for a change of scenery from traditional scientific sessions can explore these brief workshop sessions in the Expo’s exhibit hall or off-site at nearby hotels. There’s the 20-minute Lecture Series in the exhibit hall on August 6, where attendees can learn about the latest technologies and services. On August 6 and 7, a variety of industry workshops will take place in the Expo’s Exhibit Hall Theater, as well as presentations at select hotels at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Some industry workshops may offer CE credits.


Tuesday, August 6

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Improving Outcomes with Effective Chronic-Disease Management at the Point-of-Care

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Making YOUR Words Matter: The Secret to a Successful Lab Stewardship Program

12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Implementation of High-Sensitivity Troponin I Starts in the Laboratory

Antipsychotic Therapeutic Drug Management A Tool for Adherence and Dose Optimization

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Managing Patient Pathways and Improving Outcomes in NAFLD and NASH

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Examining the Innovative Ways That Early-Stage Tech Companies Are Accessing Capital, Commercializing Their Products, and Growing Their Business

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Procalcitonin as a Tool in Antibiotic Stewardship in Hospitals: How to Maximize Clinical and Economic Outcomes   

Wednesday, August 7

11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

From the Lab to the Emergency Department: The Benefit of High-Sensitivity Troponin Testing in the U.S. Since 2017

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

25 Years of Cardiac Marker Research and Development of Diagnostic Tools

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Lab-Quality Basic Metabolic Testing in the ED for Efficient Triage and Enhanced Patient Care

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The NEW Coag Value Playbook: Embrace the Power of Local Testing

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free Light Chain Testing in Diagnosis and Monitoring of Multiple Myeloma by N-Latex FLC Kappa and Lambda Assays

Thursday, August 8

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Be Sure With Your LC-MS Instruments For a Healthier Tomorrow

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Implementing the BioFire FilmArray® Pneumonia Panel



Tuesday, August 6

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Provide Measurably Better Healthcare

Sample-to-Results: Novel Solutions for Improved Process Control in Molecular IVD Assays

Closing the Patient Care Gap in Autoimmunity: The Clinical Value of New Biomarkers

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Advances in Latent Tuberculosis Testing and Changing Guidelines

Aspects of Software to Monitor Myeloma Patients

Finding Solutions for Sample Preparation at Point of Care

IVD Gateway Relaunch Presentation 

Wednesday, August 7

7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Emerging Role of Clinical Proteomics in Laboratory Medicine

Immunoassay Interferences

Modern Thinking about Lingering QC Questions

Role and Importance of Gastrointestinal Inflammatory Markers in Diagnostics

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Translating Glycomics into Clinical practice. The Use of N-Glycan Measurement for the Assessment of Liver Disease



Tuesday, August 6

10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Point-of-Care Rapid Diagnostics Technology (RDT) for Global Health

10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

The Critical Role of Water Quality in Lab Performance

11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.

Escape the Commodity Trap and Make Your Lab Indispensable

11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

A Simple Saliva Test Is All It Takes for Congenital CMV Detection

12 p.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Case Study – BIT Group partnership with Qorvo Biotechnologies to Commercialize Innovative POC Testing Solution Utilizing BIT’s Lifecycle Management Processes

12:30to 12:50 p.m.

Multiple Benefits of Point-of-care Immunoassay Analyzer in Diverse Applications and Environments

1 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.

Sample-to-Answer, CLIA-Waived PCR System with Visually Read Results for POC: Comparative Flu Detection Analysis with Other FDA-cleared Molecular Assays

2 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

The Utility of Droplet Molecular Diagnostics: Clinical Validation of an FDA-cleared BCR-ABL Assay for Minimal Residual Disease Monitoring



Attendees can enjoy other industry-sponsored events outside of the standard workshops.

Two such events will take place August 6 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Participants can earn 1.5 ACCENT credits by attending Race Against Time: The Challenge of Sepsis for Clinicians and Laboratorians, a workshop supported by Beckman Coulter. Expert speakers will discuss the sepsis healthcare burden, summarize clinical guidelines for establishing protocols, discuss the roles of stakeholders in diagnosing and managing this condition, and review sepsis biomarkers and antibiotic stewardship. Clinical Use and Performance of High-Sensitivity Troponin Assays: Overcoming Challenges in Implementation will explore the ins and outs of converting institutional assays from contemporary to high-sensitivity troponin markers. Supported by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and Roche Diagnostics, the workshop’s speakers will discuss conversion experiences from outside the United States, suggest processes that can enable smooth migration, offer clinical perspective, and discuss how to overcome possible challenges. This program is also worth 1.5 ACCENT credits.

On August 7, The Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction in Conjunction with the Clinical Laboratory Practice Recommendations for the Use of High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin in Acute Coronary Syndrome workshop will take place from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Speakers will walk through laboratory medicine expert recommendations and the Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction for the use of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin in acute coronary syndromes and their impact on emergency medicine, cardiology, and laboratory medicine. Attendees will learn about the unique analytical characteristics of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays, how they differ from contemporary and point-of-care assays, and how to implement these assays in clinical practice. An interactive session will explore the daily challenges of using these assays.

Abbott, Beckman Coulter, ET Healthcare, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Roche, and Siemens Healthineers are the corporate supporters of this workshop, which is worth 1.5 ACCENT credits.

Enjoy what these workshops and lectures have to offer at the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Anaheim, California.