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Free PCSIG Webinar

Sports drug testing – The past, present and future.
The role of patient (athlete) centric sampling

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Free WebinarSports drug testing – The past, present and future. The role of patient (athlete) centric sampling

April 23, 2024; 8am PST; 11am EST; 4pm BST; 5pm CET


We will briefly describe drug testing in sport, the role of urine and blood and how dried blood samples (DBS) is playing an increasing role.

Drug testing in sport began in the 1960 when urine was the only body fluid collected. As instrument sensitivity improved, the number of substances increased and smaller concentrations needed to be detected. This resulted in very little change to the sample collection approach. Blood samples were not collected until the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and it is in the last few years that DBS have been accepted.

​​​​​​​Much work is underway to increase the scope of DBS testing. Join in the Webinar to get the fuller story.

Ideal for:

  • Athletes

  • Scientists

  • Journalists

  • Anyone who is interested in how to catch sports drug cheats

What you will learn

  • History of drug testing in sport

  • The role of urine in sports drug testing

  • The role of blood in sports drug testing

  • The role of DBS in sports drug testing​​​​​​


David Cowan
Professor Emeritus in Pharmaceutical Toxicology, King’s College London


David directed the UK human sports drug testing laboratory for many years and was in charge of the drug testing at the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games held in London in 2012. He is an enthusiastic scientist who has won many awards for his work and continues to contribute to forensic science in relation to drug misuse and the harm it causes.


Daniel Eichner
President, Sports Medicine and Research Laboratory, University of Utah

Daniel has spent the past 13 years running SMRTL that conducts forensic testing for many professional and Olympic sports as well as the Department of Defense, law enforcement and medical examiners. He has a passion for research in DBS both for forensic and clinical purposes.


Neil Spooner
Director Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions & Chair Patient Centric Sampling Interest Group

Neil is the Co-founder and Chair of the PCSIG. He is also the Founder of Spooner Bioanalytical Solutions, helping companies to integrate biological fluid microsampling, and patient centric sampling and analysis into workflows. He also works with organizations to develop technologies and introduce them to the market. Neil also assists organizations with their understanding of emerging trends in the pharmaceutical industry and bioanalysis. Neil is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, Editor in Chief of the journal, Bioanalysis and Chair of the Reid International Bioanalytical Forum. He has published over 70 peer reviewed manuscripts and delivered over 50 podium presentations.​​​​​​​



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Alturas Analytics provides expert GLP & non-GLP LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS bioanalytical and PK/TK analysis services of small and large molecules in any matrix for discovery through Phase IV clinical trials.

Capitainer: Dried blood spots (DBS) is now quantitative with volumetric control through our microfluidic qDBS technology solution. Precision, accuracy, sample protection and ease of use both at sampling and in the lab are key features for us in all product development.

Charles River Laboratories are a leading drug discovery and development contract research organisation providing a broad spectrum of laboratory and data science support to the Clinical development industries.  This includes bioanalytical chemistry, immunology, biomarker services, immunoassay, genomics, vaccine development and ADME services.  With over 1000 dedicated laboratory colleagues across a global footprint and expertise in traditional and advanced modalities, Charles River Laboratories are well placed to leverage scale and scope to support Clinical programmes carried out anywhere in the world.

Genentech: Founded more than 40 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious and life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California. For additional information about the company, please visit

GSK: We are a global biopharma company with a purpose to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together. We aim to positively impact the health of 2.5 billion people by the end of 2030. Our bold ambitions for patients are reflected in commitments to growth and a step-change in performance. We are a company where outstanding people can thrive.

Inuvi: Through nationwide phlebotomy and sample collection services, flexible health assessments and expert laboratory testing, Inuvi helps to create
certainty in the worlds of research and clinical trials, functional and lifestyle medicine, health and wellbeing, occupational health, and primary care.
Every year Inuvi’s network of over 300 independent health practitioners and doctors delivers over 100,000 domiciliary health assessments and
phlebotomy visits throughout the UK and Ireland. Through our state-of-the art UKAS accredited medical laboratory in Gloucestershire, Inuvi processes over 1 million blood tests annually. In addition to collecting and testing high volumes of venous blood samples, Inuvi is also a pioneer in capillary (finger-prick) blood testing, offering the largest schedule of UKAS accredited tests using capillary blood.

MSD/Merck: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world.

Q  Solutions is a leading drug discovery and development laboratory services organization providing innovative solutions that encompass broad central laboratory and specialty biomarker services, including genomics, immunoassays, flow cytometry, anatomic pathology, precision medicine assays, vaccine assays, ADME and bioanalytical along with extensive offerings in antibody drug discovery, biomarker discovery, and decentralized clinical trial lab solutions. Through the Decentralized Clinical Trials group, Q  Solutions is at the forefront of patient-centric sampling, offering a variety of self-collection methodologies and is validating multiple assays using micro-samples that are self-collected by study participants.


RedDrop Dx: Next generation blood sampling solutions.

Roche: Doing now what patients need next.

Takeda: We exist to create better health for people and a brighter future for the world. While the science and technology we advance are constantly evolving, our ambition remains. We move science forward, so we can transform more lives.

Tasso, is an emerging healthcare technology company that is transforming the traditional blood collection paradigm with a patient-centric approach. The company’s devices enable simple, convenient, and virtually painless blood collection for users. Tasso technology has the power to bring healthcare anywhere, any time.

Veloxity Labs, is a CRO focused on LC-MS bioanalysis. Our company is employee owned and operated, and offers start-up times and turn-around times in days by maintaining 80% capacity.

Waters Corporation, a global leader in analytical instruments, consumables, and software, has pioneered innovations in chromatography, mass spectrometry, and thermal analysis serving the life sciences market for more than 60 years. Waters Corporation aligns with PCSIG's mission, supporting collaboration among diverse stakeholders to advance pharmaceutical medicines development and elevating healthcare outcomes and decision-making through analytical innovation and precision.

YourBio Health, makers of the TAP® device, was founded by Flagship Pioneering in 2007. TAP® is the world’s first push button collection device. Our technology allows a patient blood sample to be collected from any location without the pain of a fingerstick or need for traditional phlebotomy. We enable the decentralization of clinical trials and access to companies who offer wellness testing to consumers. Our patient-centric device is virtually painless, easy-to-use, and enables the collection of a blood specimen from any setting – clinical or in-home. We eliminate barriers to blood collection.



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