Excellence in Research webinar series


Your trusted resource for the world’s largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell lines, microorganisms, biological products, standards, and custom services announces the 2016 Excellence in Research webinar series. The series will showcase the implementation of leading technologies,  the importance of standards, and the application of new ATCC products and  services to advance your scientific research. The webinars will broadcast live  for 30 to 45 minutes and will be followed by a 10 minute question and answer  period. Register to join the webinar that best meets your schedule.

Choose from the following topics:


The ATCC Story: A Ninety Year Celebration
Frank Simione, M.S., Director, Standards, Standards Resource Center, ATCC
April 28, 2016 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM ET


Abstract: ATCC celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2015 and in recognition of that milestone this presentation tells the remarkable story of ATCC’s evolution as an organization and its contribution to developments in life sciences for nearly a century. Established in 1925 as the American Type Culture Collection by scientists for scientists, it has become an international resource for life science research and development. Dependent on financial subsidies for more than 75 years, ATCC has since achieved independence as a fully self-sustaining non-profit organization. ATCC is now investing in research and development, and in 2012 was able to establish and fully fund the Global Biological Standards Institute (GBSI).This is the story of that amazing transformation and the role of ATCC in the evolution of the life sciences. 

Key points:

  • ATCC was founded by scientists for scientists; it is a science-based organization
  • ATCC is now fully self-sustainable after dependence on government subsidies and private financial support for more than 75 years
  • ATCC contributes to global science and health initiatives by providing biological resources and related services

Biography: Mr. Simione is currently advisor to the ATCC President and CEO, and Director of Standards for the ATCC Standards Resource Center. He has been with ATCC for 41 years and was a member of the senior management team for 26 years. His previous management roles at ATCC have included oversight of operations, government contracts, compliance and safety, patent deposits, workshops and training, biocollections, and standards. Part of his current activities includes documenting ATCC’s 90 year history.

Register for a session - 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM ET


Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – A Growing Superbug Population
Cara Wilder, Ph.D., Technical Writer, ATCC
May 5, 2016 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM ET


Abstract: The discovery of antibiotics in the early twentieth century has revolutionized the treatment of infectious diseases, saving millions of lives and easing the suffering of many. However, as the structure and function of antibiotics have evolved through the efforts of biotech and pharma companies, prokaryotic species are evolving in parallel, fashioning novel and effective methods to avoid therapeutic killing. In the last several decades, this concern has become more pronounced with the emergence of multidrug-resistant organisms in both community- and hospital-acquired infections, resulting in increased morbidity, mortality, and health-care expense. In this presentation, we will discuss the emergence of multidrug-resistant infections with a particular emphasis on the emergence and global spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteraeae strains.

Key points:

  • Multidrug-resistant strains are an emerging problem throughout the world
  • ATCC acquires, authenticates, and distributes clinically relevant multidrug-resistant strains that are essential to the scientific community
  • KPC, NDM, and OXA strains are now available at ATCC

Biography: Dr. Wilder is the Technical Writer for ATCC Microbial Systems. She has a Ph.D. in Microbiology with background experience working with several pathogenic bacterial species in both in vitro and in vivo environments. Dr. Wilder is the author of numerous publications on varying topics of scientific relevance, including quality control, microbial contamination, assay development, proficiency testing, and multidrug resistance.

Register for a session - 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM ET

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