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ATCC to Present at Upcoming Association of Molecular Pathology Conference

News release

Subject matter experts to emphasize the importance and need for consistent, reliable reference standards to help confront global health threats such as Zika

Manassas, VA, United States

November 07, 2016

Subject matter experts from ATCC, a global leader in biological materials development, management and standards, will be presenting at the upcoming Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP) conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Liz Kerrigan, director of Commercial Partnerships and Standards, is participating in the AMP Reference Material Forum on Nov. 8, and will discuss ATCC’s Zika virus reference materials. This forum will discuss reference materials availability and requirements for test validation, quality control, and proficiency testing.

ATCC is supporting Zika vaccine efficacy testing and the development of molecular-based assays, with an expanding collection of reference materials and solutions including:

  • In vivo and tissue culture-adapted strains;
  • Genomic and synthetic nucleic acid preparations;
  • Inactivated materials;
  • Host cell lines and reagents; and
  • Custom solutions for expansion, titering, and banking.

Dr. Maryellen de Mars, senior director of Standards Resource Center, is speaking at the AMP International Showcase on Nov. 9, on advancing standards for clinical diagnostics. Specifically, she will talk about the need for global reference materials and standardization among all clinical diagnostic laboratories.

"Our contributions to the AMP conference reflect ATCC’s leadership and commitment to supporting the scientific community as we partner to address global health issues around the world,” said Dr. Raymond H. Cypess, ATCC CEO. “As with other vector-borne disease threats such as Dengue, Chikungunya and West Nile viruses, ATCC is playing an integral role in supporting R&D and quality control in molecular testing related to the Zika virus. Our high-quality, traceable and authenticated materials are used as reference standards for vaccines, treatments, and diagnostic tools developed to confront health threats like Zika."

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ATCC is a premier global biological materials and information resource and standards organization and the leading developer and supplier of authenticated cells lines and microorganisms. With a history of scientific advancements spanning nearly a century, ATCC offers an unmatched combination of being the world’s largest and most diverse collection of biological research solutions and a mission-driven, trusted partner that supports and encourages scientific collaboration. ATCC products, services, and people provide the scientific community with credible biological products, advanced model systems, and custom solutions that support complex research in a variety of innovative applications resulting in incredible achievements in basic science, drug discovery, translational medicine, and public health. ATCC is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Manassas, VA, and an R&D innovation center in Gaithersburg, MD.

Contact: Kim Testa, senior director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, ATCC, 703-365-2700 ext. 2753