Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Eighth Annual

Integrated Informatics Driving Translational Research & Precision Medicine

In the Era of Digital Health

March 7 – 9, 2016 | Moscone North Convention Center | San Francisco, CA
Part of the 23rd International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference


Precision medicine requires all the information needed to precisely tailor therapy for an individual to achieve a better clinical outcome. Critical to the pursuit of precision medicine and digital health is the integration, analysis and interpretation of data from a growing number of disparate sources including clinical trials and imaging, patient, genomic and personal health data. It is critical to integrate data from multiple sources and across organizations and geographies to facilitate the development of improved therapies to treat patients. Here we bring together informatics experts from pharma, biotech, biomedical research, clinical/translational and personal data and patient communities to showcase examples of how informatics is enabling translational, & precision medicine in the era of digital health both in pharma and beyond.

Preliminary Agenda

Integrated Informatics - A Pharma Perspective

Clinical, Genomic, and Real-World Healthcare Data for Pharma R&D

Peter Covitz, Ph.D., Senior Director, Information Strategy and Analytics, Clinical Informatics and Innovation, Pfizer

Patient-Centric Integrated Informatics

Ingrid Akerblom, Ph.D, Executive Director Analytics, Collaboration and User Experience, Amgen

Talk Title to be Announced

Juergen Hammer, Ph.D., Head of Pharma Research and Early Development Informatics & IT, Roche Translational and Clinical Research Center

Enabling Precision Medicine

Cancer Informatics Strategies to Enable Precision Medicine in Oncology

Sabine Schefzick, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Oncology & West Coast R&D Business Technology, Pfizer

Medicinal MatchMaker: Finding Your Virtual Twin

Stu Morton, Ph.D., Research Scientist, LRL IT Health Informatics, Eli Lilly and Company

Improving Drug R&D through Innovation in Data Integration, Analytics & Collaboration

The Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval: New Technology for Data Discovery and Integration

Mark A. Musen, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Stanford University

Discovery with Purpose: Understanding Regional Health through Information Capture, Access, Integration and Analytics

Daniel H. Robertson, Ph.D., Visiting Science Fellow, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute

Challenges and Opportunities in Data Integration and Analysis in Translational Research

Ajay Shah, Ph.D., MBA, PMP, Division Director, Research Informatics and Systems, City of Hope National Medical Center

Rational Data-Driven Development of Novel Poly-Pharmacology Small Molecules

Stephan C. Schürer, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

PANEL DISCUSSION: Inspiring Others to Innovate with Technology

Moderator: Martin Leach, Ph.D., Vice President R&D IT, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

A Platform Strategy for Research

Farida Kopti, Ph.D., Director, Chemistry/Pharmacology/HTS Informatics & IT, Merck & Co., Inc.

Merck in vivo Data Contract: Enabling Translational PK/PD

Farida Kopti, Ph.D., Director, Chemistry/Pharmacology/HTS Informatics & IT, Merck & Co., Inc.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Security Considerations for Virtual Research

Moderator: Michael H. Elliott, CEO, Atrium Research & Consulting, LLC
Mohit Agnihotri, Associate Director, Informatics, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
Art Morales, Ph.D., Vice President, Technology and Corporate Development, Beryllium

Bina TechnologiesPresentation to be Announced

Hugo Lam, Ph.D., Senior Director of Bioinformatics, Research & Development, Bina Technologies

Convergence of Large Population & Personal Data to Make Progress in Research, Population and Clinical Trials

Panel Session: The Collaboratory at Work in Multiple Sclerosis and Beyond

Marcia Kean, Chairman, Strategic Initiatives, Feinstein Kean Healthcare
Kenneth Buetow, Ph.D., Director of Computational Sciences and Informatics, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative (CASI), Arizona State University
Robert McBurney, Ph.D., CEO, Accelerated Cure Project for MS

Will the Microbiome be One of the Missing Links to Solving the Autoimmunity Puzzle?

Bonnie Feldman, Ph.D., Chief Growth Officer and CEO, DrBonnie360

Innovation from the Clinical Laboratory: The New Role of -Omics Based Testing & Decision Support

Andreas Matern, Vice President, Commercial Partnerships and Innovation, BioReference Laboratories, Inc.

Panel Session: Big Data and Unmet Clinical Needs: Two Problems Separated by a Common Language

Michael Liebman, Ph.D., Managing Director, IPQ Analytics, LLC

Perkin Elmer logo smallNew Informatics for New Science: Big Data from Imaging to Next Generation Sequencing

Jens Hoefkens, Ph.D., Director, Strategic Marketing, PerkinElmer

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