Track 12: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has become the platform enterprises turn to for their application analysis as well as data storage. Data-intensive life scientists from biological researchers to biopharmaceutical organizations realize this practicality and necessity. Thus, adoption has been greater than anyone expected and users continue to expand applications. Through case studies, the Cloud Computing track explores the rapid growth and progressive maturation of cloud as well as evolving provider and user experiences.

Final Agenda

Tuesday, April 16

7:00 am Workshop Registration Open and Morning Coffee

8:0011:30 Recommended Morning Pre-Conference Workshops*

12:304:00 pm Recommended Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops*

* Separate registration required.

2:006:30 Main Conference Registration Open


5:007:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Wednesday, April 17

7:30 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee


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

Cityview 2

10:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

Tapan Mehta, Global Head, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Nutanix

11:00 CASE STUDY: Avoiding Storms: Our Journey to Using Cloud Platforms for Research

Dianne Pacheco, CISM, Information Security Officer, Information Technology, The Jackson Laboratory

Sandeep Namburi, MSc, Cloud Systems Analyst, Information Technology, The Jackson Laboratory

Like many organizations, our initial exploration of cloud services was uncoordinated. To move forward, we regrouped all stakeholders and established a common direction by developing a Cloud Charter. A Core Team responsible for architecture and technical decisions was formed. A Cloud Steering Committee with governance responsibilities was established. In seven months we transitioned from chaos to reproducible processes provisioning internal and external systems for research support.

11:30 CASE STUDY: Transforming M&A: Collaboration in the Cloud

Bridget Behringer, MBA, Head, R&D Mergers and Acquisitions IT, Science and Enabling Units IT, AstraZeneca

Ajit Acharya, MS, PMP, Project Delivery Lead, R&D Mergers and Acquisitions IT, Science and Enabling Units IT, AstraZeneca

In recent years, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) has become a key strategic driver for growth within the pharmaceutical industry. Implicit in all deals is the transaction of large volumes of regulated data, documents and intellectual property, all of which underpin the development lifecycle. Cloud computing enabled the M&A capability to be flexible, cost effective and regulatory-compliant.

Microsoft 12:00 pm Co-Presentation: 2019: The Year Cloud HPC and AI Cost-Performance Meets On-Premise Capabilities

Scott Jeschonek, Principal Program Manager, Avere, Microsoft

Jason Stowe, Principal Group Program Manager, Engineering, Microsoft

The economics of cloud HPC are fundamentally changing. In this talk we'll discuss Azure compute and storage solutions for HPC and AI workloads that drive workload cost-performance to on-premise levels. We'll review challenges, and ways to manage and operate HPC in on-prem to burst to cloud-native architectures.

12:30 Session Break

12:40 Luncheon Presentation I: Analyzing Genomic Data at Scale with Google Cloud

Jonathan Sheffi, Product Manager, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Google Cloud

Google Cloud enables scientists to change the way they perform research and collaborate with one another. This presentation will highlight how Google Cloud is accelerating life sciences research and finding new ways to innovate.

1:10 Luncheon Presentation II: Accelerating Drug Development: The Role of IT as a Strategic Partner

Scott Hamilton, Manufacturing Team Leader, Synlogic, Inc.

Sajith Wickramasekara, CEO and Co-Founder, Benchling

Scientists are looking to IT managers to solve some of their toughest problems - tools ill-suited for modern science, systems that lock away key R&D insights, and underdeveloped processes. Hear technology and informatics leaders talk about how they’re partnering with pharma R&D to transform data management and collaboration, and accelerate drug development.

1:40 Session Break

Cityview 2

1:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

Bruce Kozuma, MSCS, PMP, CPIM, CSM, CPO, Principal Systems Analyst, Broad Information Technology Services, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

1:55 NEW SPEAKER: CASE STUDY: Transforming R&D Productivity and Innovation Landscape through Cloud Computing

LiMing Shen, PhD, Director, Translational Informatics, R&D, Sanofi

Ryan Sonfist, Project Leader, R&D, Sanofi

We started the journey of building an internal cloud-based computing platform a year ago and it has already made a significant business impact across R&D in enabling large-scale modeling and simulation in clinical trial models, quantitative system pharmacology models, PKPD analyses, AI/deep learning projects and in removing bottlenecks in NGS data storage and processing.

2:25 CASE STUDY: Processing, Analyzing, and Sharing One Million Genomes (and More) in the Cloud

Stacey Gabriel, PhD, Senior Director, Genomics Platform, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Eric Banks, PhD, Senior Director, Data Sciences Platform, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

The Broad Institute has fully embraced a transition to public clouds to power its world-class genome center. In this talk, we describe the many lessons learned over this journey and how we’re using the cloud to process and share over one million human genomes.

2:55 Modern Architectures for Image Analysis and Precision Medicine

Molly Presley, Director, Product Marketing, Qumulo

Technologies are evolving rapidly to enable precision medicine to derive results more accurately and more quickly. In this session, you will learn about new file systems architectures that simplify deployment and management. We will delve in to how these modern file systems accelerate on premise workloads while optionally leveraging cloud storage and compute in a unified hybrid workflow.

3:25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing, Meet the Experts: Bio-IT World Editorial Team, and Book Signing with Joseph Kvedar, MD, Author, The Internet of Healthy Things℠ (Book will be available for purchase onsite)

Cityview 2

4:00 Building a Low-Cost Sample Tracking System with G Suite & Jira Cloud

Bruce Kozuma, MSCS, PMP, CPIM, CSM, CPO, Principal Systems Analyst, Broad Information Technology Services, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Current off-the-shelf technology allows for development of a low-cost, serverless sample tracking solution, using commonly used components (G Suite and Jira Cloud). Combined with Agile principles (e.g., minimum viable product, short cycle and iterative delivery) has resulted in a solution that is helping reduce cost of research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

4:30 CASE STUDY: Successful Cloud Migration Strategies & Techniques

Lance Smith, Associate Director, IT, Celgene

Steve Sivak, HPC Engineer, IT, Celgene

The public cloud is going mainstream and most pharma/biotech have started moving select workloads. New workloads are easy to create in the cloud; the challenge has been what to do with the legacy software in our industry. We discuss various strategies to migrate HPC, database and other biotech applications, and some technologies to assist your organization during this phase. We’ll also cover our lessons learned and overall recommendations.

5:00 Rapidly Aggregate and Share Large Data Sets Using IBM Aspera

Joseph Hansen, Aspera Technical Sales & Delivery Expert, IBM 

The life sciences industry is generating massive data stores as a result of modern techniques. This rich data is stored in a variety of methods, lacking standardization. Capturing the aggregate value of the data is critical to new discoveries, yet such analysis required data consolidation. Learn how IBM Aspera accelerates big data analysis in life sciences, using any deployment environment.

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

Thursday, April 18

7:30 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee


9:45 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall and Poster Competition Winners Announced

Cityview 2

10:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

John Mattison, MD, CMIO, Kaiser Permanente

10:40 Fog Computing Concept Model

Larry Feldman, PhD, Senior Security Engineer, G2, Inc.

Cisco estimated that by 2020 there will be over 50 billion interconnected, heterogeneous, smart devices that will require an adequate infrastructure to support them. Fog computing is the next new technology that offers a distributed and federated compute model, which provides low-latency computational resources, elastic capabilities, data analytics, and management.

11:10 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Cloud Migration: Experiences from a Large Complex Integrated Delivery Network: Options, Trade-Offs, and Early Experiences from a Value-Based Delivery System

John Mattison, MD, CMIO, Kaiser Permanente

11:40 R&D Data, Cloud, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Brady Haggstrom, Product Manager, IDBS

12:10 pm Session Break

Nutanix 12:20 Luncheon Presentation I: Accelerating Product Pipeline with Nutanix

Dana Racine, Senior Systems Engineer, Sales Technology, Nutanix

Through machine learning, simplicity, and rapid scaling, Nutanix provides a solution to accelerate time to market for products in the pharma, medical device, and biotechnical industries. As a “cloud in a box” solution, Nutanix is more than just software or hardware: a complete platform for increasing operational efficiencies and reducing complexity is available to any organization in need of a competitive advantage. Session content will include a Nutanix overview, technical specifications, and a case study.


12:50 Luncheon Presentation II: Talk Title to be Announced

Chris Bellmare Vice President of Northeast and Canadian Operations, Arista Networks

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


1:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Chris Dwan, Senior Technologist and Independent Life Sciences Consultant

2:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: High Performance Consultancies


Chris Dwan, Senior Technologist and Independent Life Sciences Consultant


Tanya Cashorali, CEO, Founder, TCB Analytics

Aaron Gardner, Director of Technology, BioTeam, Inc. Eleanor Howe, PhD, Founder and CEO, Diamond Age Data Science

An organization must learn and understand the value of why, when and how to use a consultancy. Highly trained and skilled professional experts gather to discuss their role in leading and managing projects for organizations to help them achieve goals. They will discuss a variety of themes including the best kinds of projects to hire a consultancy for, the timeline of when an organization should hire a consultant vs. full time staff, and big challenges on the horizon. The session will feature short podium presentations, followed by a moderated Q&A panel with attendees. The topic of hiring a consulting company came up in the data science plenary keynote at Bio-IT 2018. We want to spend time at Bio-IT 2019 exploring this topic in finer detail.

3:20 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Trends from the Trenches 2019

Chris Dagdigian, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Infrastructure, BioTeam, Inc.

The “Trends from the Trenches” in its original “state of the state address” returns to Bio-IT! Since 2010, the “Trends from the Trenches” presentation, given by Chris Dagdigian, has been one of the most popular annual traditions on the Bio-IT Program. The intent of the talk is to deliver a candid (and occasionally blunt) assessment of the best, the worthwhile, and the most overhyped information technologies (IT) for life sciences. The presentation has helped scientists, leadership, and IT professionals understand the basic topics related to computing, storage, data transfer, networks, and cloud that are involved in supporting data intensive science.

4:00 Conference Adjourns

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