7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Opening Breakfast in the Exhibit Area
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM
Reynolds Salerno, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and
Mary Ann Sondrini, Eagleson Institute
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Building Connections 
Mary Ann Sondrini, Eagleson Institute
SESSION 1: Performing Risk Assessments: Mapping the Journey
9:00 AM – 9:40 AM
Risk Assessment:
Risk Assessment: The Foundation of Every Good Biorisk Management System
Reynolds Salerno, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
9:40 AM – 10:00 AM

Everyday Risk Assessment

Maureen Thompson, BSN, RN, COHN-S, RBP, Emory University

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Product Showcase: 10:10 AM – 10:25 AM


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions:

Risk Assessment Case Studies
Clinical Laboratories: Preparing for a High Risk, Unknown Pathogen
Drew Fayram, MS, RBP(ABSA), Iowa State Public Health Laboratory and Beverly Dickson, MD, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

Animal Facility Risk Assessments: Biting the Hand That Feeds You
Tim Mandrell, DVM, DACLAM, Consultant and Cassandra Tansey, DVM, DACLAM, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Research: Risk Assessment for Research Laboratories
Dee Zimmerman, ABSA International Past President, Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Consultant, Kalpana Rengarajan, PhD, MPH, JM, RBP, Emory University, and Sophie Brocard, PhD, RBP, CBSP, University of Texas Medical Branch

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Lunch / Walk
Product Showcase: 12:55 PM – 1:10 PM



SESSION 2: The Value of Risk Assessement: Making the Most of your Investment
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
Delta Air Lines: Managing Safety Risk at a Global Air Carrier
John Laughter, MBA, SVP – Corporate Safety, Security, and Compliance, Delta Air Lines
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Product Showcase: 2:40 PM – 2:55 PM
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
The Value of Avoiding an Exposure
Michael Pentella, PhD, (ABMM), State Hygienic Laboratory, University of Iowa, College of Public Health
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Lessons Learned in Risk Assessment for the Laboratory and Beyond
Ryan Ritterson, PhD, Gryphon Scientific
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM
ABSA Update
Dee Zimmerman, ABSA International Past President
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking Reception in Exhibit Area sponsored by Medline and Nuaire
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Breakfast in Exhibit Area
SESSION 3: Minimizing Workplace Risk: Preparing for Bumps
Along the Way
8:15 AM – 10:15 AM


Keynote: Exploring Human Factors at Work

Risks and Opportunities: Update on the Nation’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic from CDC/NIOSH
L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health  

Listening to the Narrative: Strategies for Assessing Personnel Suitability and Reliability
Casey Skvorc, PhD, JD, National Institutes of Health

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM
Product Showcase: 10:25 AM – 10:40 AM
Regulations: Don’t Get a Ticket!
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Updates to CDC/NIH BMBL
Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Consultant

Updates to WHO LBM
Kazunobu (Kaz) Kojima, MD, PhD, World Health Organization

Q & A on Regulations

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Product Showcase: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
The Baker Co.

Poster Sessions: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Special Poster Session

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Laboratory Emergency Response Plans: A Team Approach
Patrick Stockton, MS, RBP, University of Georgia (Biosafety), Steve Harris, University of Georgia (Emergency Preparedness), Captain Adam Fouche, University of Georgia (Police), and Roger L. Evans, Athens Clark County (Fire)
3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Product Showcase: 3:05 PM – 3:20 PM

Product Showcase: 3:20 PM – 3:35 PM
3:40 PM – 4:30 PM

Emergencies: Lightning Round

What Would You Do?
Paul Meechan, PhD, RBP, CBSP, Consultant

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Clinical Laboratory Biosafety: How Past Lessons Revealed a Path to the Future
Nancy E. Cornish, MD (FCAP) (FASCP)
6:30 PM
Sponsored by The Baker Co.
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
Breakfast in Prefunction Area


A Breakfast for Biosafety Champions – Nancy E. Cornish, MD (FCAP) (FASCP)

SESSION 4: Facility Operations: Arriving Safely
8:15 AM – 9:00 AM

Evolution of Biosafety, Biosecurity and Biorisk Management Policies, Procedures and Guidelines in a Developing Country
Dr. Asadulghani, MSc, MPhil, PhD, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions
Animal: Issues in Operation and Decontamination in Animal Research Facilities
Jason Villano, DVM, MSc, MS, DACLAM, Johns Hopkins University 

Clinical Laboratories: Decontamination in the Clinical Laboratory: A Unique Environment
Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP, Yale School of Medicine

Research: Using Risk Assessment to Identify, Evaluate and Prioritize Facility Repairs
John R. Henneman, M.S., RBP/ABSA, Biosecurity Research Institute and Miguel A. Grimaldo, M. Eng, University of Texas Medical Branch

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Poliovirus Containment – Where are we now?
Christy Myrick, PHD, RBP, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11:15 AM – 11:40 AM
Symposium Wrap-Up, Key Takeaways & Perspective 
Steve Monroe, PhD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11:40 AM – 12:10 PM
Late Breaking Topics
12:10 PM – 12:30 PM
Musical Wrap-Up
Sheldon Campbell, MD, PhD, FCAP, the Singing Microbiologist