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Track 3 - April 21 – 23, 2015

Cloud Computing  

Riding Cloud to Next-Generation Computing

Life scientists agree that the shift to cloud is both necessary and practical. Adoption has been greater than anyone expected and users continue to find novel ways and contexts in which to apply it. Track 3 explores the rapid growth and progressive maturation of cloud as well as evolving provider and user experiences.

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Tuesday, April 21

7:00 am Workshop Registration and Morning Coffee

8:00 – 11:30 Recommended Morning Pre-Conference Workshops*

An Embarrassment of Riches: Choosing and Implementing Cloud Infrastructure

12:30 – 4:00 pm Recommended Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops*

Large-Scale NGS Analysis Using Globus Genomics

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2:00 – 6:30 Main Conference Registration



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5:00 – 7:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


Wednesday, April 22

7:00 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee



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9:00 Benjamin Franklin Awards and Laureate Presentation

9:30 Best Practices Awards Program

9:45 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing



10:50 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks



Krista Woodley, Director, Information Technology, Biogen Idec

We provide insight on how to best manage SaaS-based projects in a regulated world, by discussing best practices for Lifecycle management, change control, security management and IT risk management. IT and business project teams will have a clear understanding of how to optimize their IT deployments in this new cloud-based environment.

11:30 Rethinking Cloud Security: You Can’t Control What You Can’t See

Elizabeth Lawler, CEO, Conjur, Inc.

As more companies adopt DevOps programs and build new infrastructure, the quantity and sensitivity of data being processed outside of the traditional IT stack are growing. Few organizations know where the access points into this information are, or how to secure them. We outline best practices for establishing visibility and control in this new space, drawing real-world examples from environments large and small.

OKTA12:00 pm Presentation to be Announced


12:30 Session Break

Silicon Mechanics12:40 Luncheon Presentation I

Speaker to be Announced

Amazon logo1:10 Luncheon Presentation II
Speaker to be Announced 

1:40 Session Break



1:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

1:55 Web Computing as Commodity Supercomputing for User-Facing Genomics Applications

Jonas S. Almeida, Ph.D., Professor and CTO, Biomedical Informatics Department, SUNY Stony Brook

Recently, web computing (computing distributed to web clients, typically web browsers) has been the object of both academic and commercial attention as an extreme low-cost, high-distribution, high-availability model for supercomputing. Genomics applications are particularly suitable for this model of cloud computing. There is, as always, a price to pay: some core sequence analysis algorithms need to be re-identified.

2:25 Chameleon: A Large-Scale, Reconfigurable Experimental Environment for Cloud Research

Kate Keahey, Senior Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory; Principal Investigator, Chameleon

Chameleon is a large-scale, reconfigurable testbed for next-generation cloud computing research, established under the NSFCloud program. This talk describes the types of experiments it will support, the exciting hardware and software capabilities we will provide for cloud computing research, as well as the timeline in which these capabilities will be provided.

Seagate2:55 Leveraging the Cloud to Safeguard Genomic Data and Ensure Its Availability

Tyna Callahan, Senior Manager, Healthcare Products & Strategy, E-Vault - Seagate Systems

The sheer volume of data that must be retained today is massive—as is the responsibility to keep it intact, and to keep private information out of the wrong hands. Storage experts from Iron Mountain and Seagate CSS will discuss the key considerations for developing a storage strategy that leverages object storage in the cloud to ensure data availability, data integrity, data security and privacy.

3:10 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

3:25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

4:00 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

4:30 Using Cloud Computing to Improve the Accuracy and Probability of Success of Drug Discovery

Ed Addison, Ph.D., CEO, Corporate, Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cloud computing combined with Moore’s Law has provided an unprecedented opportunity for “in silico” drug discovery. The presentation explores why this approach got a bum rap in the past, how this has changed, accurate binding prediction, machine learning, use of QSAR, efficient search and property filtering.

Cycle Computing logo5:00 Presentation to be Announced

5:30 Best of Show Awards Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:30 Close of Day


Thursday, April 23

7:00 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee



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10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall and Poster Competition Winners Announced



10:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

10:40 Next-Generation Sequencing and Cloud Scale: A Journey to Large-Scale Flexible Infrastructures in AWS

Jason Tetrault, Associate Director, Business and Information Architect, R&D IT, Biogen Idec

Biogen Idec has built burst capabilities for large-scale NGS processing and collaboration with our partners. This extension of our infrastructure capability allows us to be more nimble, process more data and scale as needed. It also gives us unique options as we work with collaborators at scale. Of course, because it is NGS data, doing it securely is important.

11:10 Data Communications in BSL-3 and BSL-4 Containment: Safety, Compliance and Security

John McCall, Director, Information Technology and Telecommunications, National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, Boston University

Innovative solutions for BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities address the asset tracking, personnel monitoring and worker communication problems associated with personal protective equipment and physical environment design. I scope out what it takes to plan and roll out a wireless networking and voice-over-IP system that meets safety, security and compliance requirements at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory.

Aspera11:40 Presentation to be Announced


12:10 pm Session Break

12:20 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:20 Dessert Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing



1:55 Chairperson’s Remarks



Taha A. Kass-Hout, M.D., MS, Chief Health Informatics Officer, CTO and Director, Office of Informatics and Technology, FDA

OpenFDA was the first innovation created by Taha Kass-Hout, M.D., MS, upon joining FDA as the first Chief Health Information Officer in March 2013. OpenFDA was launched on June 2, 2014, allowing software developers, researchers and the public to tap into adverse events for drugs and medical devices; recalls, for drugs, devices and foods; and labeling for products on the market.

2:30 Global Developments in Privacy and Data Security Law

John M. Conley, J.D., Ph.D., William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Law, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The international legal climate governing privacy and data security is changing. The European Union is in the midst of a fundamental shift in its approach. The U.S. still lacks a national data law, so the states and individual federal agencies are groping toward a strategy. This presentation focuses on the impact of these ongoing changes on genomics, bioinformatics and health research.

3:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Achieving Much-Needed Innovation while Hurdling the Barriers of Stringent Regulation

Moderator: John M. Conley, J.D., Ph.D., William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Law, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Panelists: Dave Peterson, Executive Director, Vendor & Third Party Assurance, National IT Compliance, Kaiser Permanente Information Technology

Additional Panelists to be Announced

The growth in patient healthcare and life sciences innovations can be attributed to technology enhancements like cloud computing, big data analytics and mobile applications, but may conflict with increasing regulatory compliance demands to ensure protection of healthcare life and quality as well as patient data privacy and security. This panel of esteemed technology solution providers and regulators debates real-world challenges and how regulation must also innovate at technology’s pace.

4:00 Conference Adjourns

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