2020 AOAC INTERNATIONAL Midyear Meeting
March 9-13, 2020
Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

In 2019, the Stakeholder Panel on Agent Detection Assays assembled three working groups to develop consensus standards for the preparation and use of soil testing samples, bacterial strain verification and in silico PCR analysis. The work is now completed and guidance documents for each are currently in press. During the first half of this session, AOAC will showcase this work for the broader AOAC community. The remainder of the session will then explore future extensions of the work.  


Linda Beck, JRAD & Morgan Minyard, DTRA

Shanmuga Sozhamannan, Technical Coordinator, Logistics Management Institute supporting Defense Biological Product Assurance Office (DBPAO),
Joint Project Lead, CBRND Enabling Biotechnologies (JPL CBRND EB)

Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Palmer Orlandi, AOAC Chief Science Officer and Deputy Executive Director

Current SPADA Activities

Recommendations for Development of Molecular Assays for Microbial Pathogen Detection Using Next Gen In-Silico Analysis

John SantaLucia, Wayne State University & DNA Software, Inc. and Shanmuga Sozhamannan, Logistics Management Institute Support Defense

Strain Verification:  Verifying and Documenting the Relationship Between Microbial Cultures

Katalin Kiss, Senior Manager, Manufacturing Science and Technology, American Type Culture Collection and Dave Rozak, Deputy Director, Unified Culture Collection, Core Laboratory Services, USAMRIID

Voluntary Consensus Standard for Collection and Use of Soils for Biothreat Agent Method Validation and Site Assessments

Linda Beck, JRAD & Morgan Minyard, DTRA

Perspectives on Phenotype-Genotype Correlation

Successes by the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS)

Gregory Tyson, Center for Veterinary Medicine, US Food and Drug Administration

Need to Update Molecular Validation Criteria for Biothreat Agents


Discussion:  Analytical Needs of the Biothreat Community