The venue was the Congress Centre Leipzig which is part of the New Leipzig Trade Fair (German: Leipziger Messe), a major trade fair opened in 1996. The conference theme was "Biobanking: A Choral Symphony of Science, Technology and Human Rights" in keeping with Leipzig's rich musical tradition as the home of Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and the birthplace of Wagner.
Our local hosts for the ESBB conference were Professor Joachim Thiery who headed the Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics (ILM) of Leipzig Faculty of Medicine, and Professor Frank Emmrich, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology (IZI) in Leipzig.
ESBB platinum sponsor Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics LLC donated a LABS-20K freezer as the prize for the 2014 RBYC winner.
Cryo Bio Systems
From left to right: Ann Cooreman (Tissue Solutions, sponsor), Khitam Hamzeh (KHCC, Jordan), Ahmed Samir (Cairo University, Egypt), Lwanga Newton (Makerere University, Uganda), Shoni Zwane (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Rita Lawlor (Chair, Africa Working Group)