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2019 NIST Workshop on Standards for Microbiome Measurements

Captions will be available by Sept. 20th.

This workshop will focus on the need for standards to support the burgeoning biotech and pharma industries developing clinical applications that target the human microbiome. Informed regulatory decision making requires an understanding of the analytical performance of the assays being used to verify the identity, purity, potency and stability of these biomanufactured Live Biotherapeutic Products (LBPs).  Additionally, clinical microbiome laboratory tests must be validated before being used for donor screening, monitoring engraftment or evaluating other changes that occur in a patient’s microbiome before, during and after therapeutic intervention. 

While next generation sequencing (NGS)-based (metagenomic) methods will be a major emphasis, other analytical methods, such as those being used for enumeration and viability assessment, will also be addressed.   

NIST is currently working with our stakeholder community to develop standards for microbiome measurements that will enable federal, academic and industry labs to reliably reproduce each other’s results and advance the overall field. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Eric Lin, NIST Materials Measurement Laboratory
  • Freyja Williams, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research
  • Raja Mazumder, George Washington University
  • Brittney Goldberg, FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health
  • Jennifer Barb, NIH Center for Information Technology
  • Ben Callahan, NC State University
  • Elisha Wood-Charlson, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Raul Cano, The Biocollective
  • Scott A. Jackson, NIST Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
  • Daryl Gohl, University of Minnesota
  • Christian C. Abnet, NIH National Cancer Institute
  • Ricardo Valladares, Siolta

  • Dana Walsh, Rebiotix

  • Kit Goldman, USP

  • Paul Carlson, FDA/CBER

  • Jeffrey Heiser, Boston Analytical

  • Jennifer Balkus, University of Washington

  • Scott Tighe, University of Vermont

  • Dieter Tourlousse, AIST

  • Gregory C A Amos, NIBSC

  • Phil McQueen, NIH Center for Information Technology

Past Workshop


Agenda Updated 9/4

Monday, September 09. 2019

8:00 AM Registration, Poster Set-up, Exhibitor Set-up, Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction Scott Jackson, NIST Eric Lin, Director, Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST


9:35 AM Ricardo Valladares, Siolta Therapeutics

9:55 AM Dana Walsh, Rebiotix

10:15 AM Poster and Refreshment Break

10:45 AM Kit Goldman, USP

11:05 AM Paul Carlson, FDA/CBER

11:25 AM Jeffrey Heiser, Boston Analytical

11:45 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Manufacturing Hurdles for LBPs

12:45 PM LUNCH

1:45 PM Sheila Dreher-Lesnick, FDA/CBER


2:05 PM NIST Speakers

  • Jason Kralj, NIST
  • Sam Forry, NIST
  • Stephanie Servatas, NIST
  • Nancy Lin, NIST
  • Sandra Da Silva, NIST
  • Joy Dunkers, NIST
  • Heidi Leonard, NIST
  • Kirsten Parratt, NIST
  • Guilherme Pinheiro, INMETRO

3:05 PM Poster and Refreshment Break

3:35 PM Elisha Wood-Charlson, Dept of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase (KBase)
3:45 PM NIST Consortia Models 

  • Justin Zook, NIST
  • Samantha Maragh, NIST
  • Scott Jackson, NIST

4:15 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Consortium
5:25 PM Closing Remarks Scott Jackson, NIST


8:30 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Opening Remarks


9:05 AM Raja Mazumder, GWU

9:25 AM Brittney Goldberg, FDA/CDRH

9:45 AM Lightning Talks

  • Glen Satten, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Brian Granger, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
  • Ravi Sheth, Karius, Inc.
  • Fred Christians, Columbia University

10:10 AM Poster and Refreshment Break


10:40 AM Daryl Gohl, University of Minnesota Genomics Center

11:00 AM Jennifer Barb and Phil McQueen, NIH

11:20 AM Ben Callahan, NC State

11:40 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Data Analytics

12:30 PM LUNCH


1:30 PM Scott Jackson, NIST

1:50 PM Raul Cano, The BioCollective

2:10 PM Gregory C A Amos, NIBSC

2:30 PM Jennifer Balkus, University of Washington

2:50 PM Poster and Refreshment Break

3:20 PM Christian Abnet, NIH/NCI

3:40 PM Scott Tighe, University of Vermont

4:00 PM Dieter Tourlousse, AIST

4:20 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Standards for Microbiome Products

5:10 PM Concluding Remarks Scott Jackson, NIST


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Created April 9, 2019, Updated September 13, 2023