2018 Archived Content


Make the most of your time in Boston! Maximize your educational and networking opportunities by adding on one or more interactive, hands-on workshops. Covering some of the hottest topics in the field, these workshops are taught by leading researchers from industry and academia.


Tuesday, May 15 | 8:00 - 11:30 am

W1. Data Management for Biologics: Registration and Beyond


Monica Wang, PhD, Principal Bioinformatics Architect, Takeda Oncology

Peter Henstock, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist, Research Business Technologies, Pfizer

Yuan Lin, Senior Manager, Biologics Business Partner, Pfizer

Kevin Fisher, Client Services Lead, Biologics and Vaccines IT, Merck Research Labs, Kenilworth, NJ

Jan Woerner, Business/System Analyst, Senior Scientist pRED Informatics, Innovation Center Munich, Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Speaker to be Announced, Riffyn

W2. Common Statistical Mistakes to Avoid for Data Scientists


Ray Liu, PhD, Senior Director & Head, Statistical Innovation & Consultation, Takeda

Michael Kane, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, Yale University

Lauren Cain, PhD, Principal Statistician, Takeda; Visiting Scientist, Harvard T.H. Chan School of School of Public Health

W3. D2K, Transforming Data to Knowledge with Cloud, IoT & Machine Learning (AI) – Part I - xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxDetailed Agenda (Waterfront 1)


Paimun (PJ) Amini, Biotechnology & Ag Productivity IT Lead, Monsanto Company
Tim Gardner, CEO & Founder, Riffyn, Inc.

David Messina, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Cofactor Genomics

Daniel Robertson, PhD, Research Fellow and Vice President of Digital Technology, Indiana Biosciences Research Institute

Mark Sparks, Director of Product Management and Design in IT, Monsanto Company

W4. Introduction to Scalable and Reproducible RNA-Seq Data Processing, Analysis, and Result Reporting Using AWS, R, knitr, and LaTex


Johannes Goll, Bioinformatics Director, The Emmes Corporation

Travis Jensen, Bioinformatics Programmer, The Emmes Corporation

W5. Data Visualization to Accelerate Biological Discovery

Instructor: Nils Gehlenborg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

W6. An Intro to Blockchain in Life Sciences


Adrian Gropper, MD, CTO, Patient Privacy Rights

Dr. Mansur Hasib, CISSP, PMP, CPHIMS, Program Chair, Cybersecurity Technology, The Graduate School, University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

W7. Containerizing Applications and Workflows for Large-Scale Reproducible Science


Adam Kraut, Director, Infrastructure and Cloud Architecture, BioTeam, Inc.

Angel Pizarro, Manager, Technical Business Development, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Jeff Gentry, Senior Principal Software Engineer, Broad Institute

Paolo Di Tommaso, Research Software Engineer, Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG)


Tuesday, May 15 | 12:30 - 4:00 pm

W8. Automating Data Analysis with Excel

Instructor: Brian Bissett, IT Specialist, IEEE USA

W9. D2K, Transforming Data to Knowledge with Cloud, IoT & Machine Learning (AI) – Part II


Adrian Cartier, PhD, Seed Production and Customer Experience Data Science Director, Monsanto Company

Kun He, PhD, Trait Analytics and Decision Science Lead, Monsanto Company

Bino John, PhD, Computational Biology and Systems Biology Group Leader, Dow-Dupont Ag Division 

Sebastien Lefebvre, Senior Director Data Analytics & Decision Support, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

John Van Hemert, PhD, Data Scientist, Dow-Dupont Ag Division

Artur Veloso, PhD, Investigator II, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

W10. Digital Biomarkers in Pharma R&D: Technical Challenges and Strategies for Advancing Personalized Medicine

Instructors: Peter Bergethon, PhD, Head, Quantitative Medicine and Clinical Technologies, Biogen

Amir Lahav, ScD, Digital Innovation and Neuromuscular Lead, Rare Disease Research Unit, Pfizer

Srinivasan Vairavan, PhD, Principal Scientist, Integrative Solutions, Neuroscience, Johnson & Johnson

Larsson Omberg, Vice President, Systems Biology, Sage Bionetworks

W11. Data Science Driving Better Informed Decisions


Ahmed Abdeen Hamed, PhD, Scientific Knowledge Engineer, Scientific Information Management: Data Platform, Merck & Co.

Srinivasan Vairavan, PhD, Principal Scientist, Integrative Solutions, Johnson & Johnson

Bin Li, PhD, Director, Computational Biology, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Xiaoying Wu, M.D., MS, Director, RWE IT CoE & Medical Informatics, Data Sciences, Janssen IT, Johnson & Johnson

W12. Bio-IT IOT Workshop: Accurate Data for Good Decisions


David Iyoha, Director, Software Solutions, Fortech LLC

AstrixW13. Lab Informatics: An Insider’s Guide to Project Success

Instructor: Jeff Policastro, Vice President of Strategy, Professional Services, Astrix Technology Group

W14. Bootstrapping Your Life Science Startup - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Jason Stowe, Principal Group Program Manager, Azure Specialized Compute, Microsoft

Stan Gloss, Founding Partner, CEO, BioTeam, Inc.

Pubali Chakravorty-Campbell, Vice President, Business Operations & Organizational Development, Human Resource Partners

Exhibit Hall and Keynote Pass

Data Platforms and Storage Infrastructure