The CliniMARK Athens meeting presented unique opportunities for international collaborations on the dissemination of biomarker practice. During the meeting, participants agreed on a specific plan for writing several publications. Amongst them was a review on analytical techniques for protein biomarker validation focusing on multiplex detection of soluble biomarkers with clinical applications, which should be submitted by the end of 2019.
Further, a white paper concerning the necessary alignments between academic biomarker research and the requirements of regulatory organizations, clinical laboratories, and the industry was proposed. Submission of the paper is expected in the spring of 2020. Ideas for other publications, e.g. concerning the role of extracellular matrix remodeling in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, were discussed.
In conclusion, the CliniMARK meetings and training school resulted in multiple international collaborations across different fields of scientific research. The world of biomarker research can look forward to several publications bridging the gap between biomarker discovery and clinical implementation. The planned publications, the established collaborations, and the courses from the training school indicate that the future of biomarker research is bright. Brilliant new scientists enter the field every day, and with proper guidance, they can contribute significantly to the implementation of biomarkers in the clinical setting.
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