MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 | 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM


Lita Sands, Head, Life Sciences, AWS


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PANEL DISCUSSION: Pharma Executive Roundtable: Broadening the Data Ecosystem
Proffitt_AllisonLita Sands, Head, Life Sciences, AWS
The Bio-IT World community employed creativity, problem solving, and technical ingenuity to weather 2020 and never was the work more important. Meanwhile, digitization has been broadening the horizons of new possibilities and initiatives that are driving innovation in the life sciences sector. While over the past year many pharmaceutical companies have seen an acceleration of digital transformation, there are still many that are unsure what to expect going forward. Digital transformation is now a strategic imperative, not a buzzword. Join our Pharma Executive Roundtable to discover how biopharma companies are broadening their digital strategies and capabilities to develop products and services to scale, streamline operations, and drive innovation in life sciences R&D.

Durvasula_RameshRamesh V. Durvasula, PhD, Vice President & Information Officer, Research Labs, Eli Lilly & Co.
Montello_MichaelMichael Montello, Senior Vice President, R&D Tech, GlaxoSmithKline
Roberts_BrynBryn Roberts, PhD, Senior Vice President & Global Head of Data Services, Roche
Soares_Holly.jfifHolly Soares, PhD, Vice President & Head, Precision Medicine, Pfizer Inc.
Yu_LihuaLihua Yu, PhD, President and Chief Data Science Officer, H3 Biomedicine, Inc.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Michael Stapleton, PhD, Managing Director, Life Sciences, Accenture


How Digital Evolution and an Attitudinal Revolution are Re-Shaping the Future of the Life Sciences Industry
Limaye_Nimita.jpegNimita Limaye, PhD, Research Vice President, Life Sciences R&D Strategy and Technology, IDC
The world has rapidly transitioned to a model of disaggregated care and decentralized clinical trials, with a heightened focus on patient-centricity. Digital resiliency has become the priority and discretionary spend on R&D platforms has been delayed. Federated-learning models are fueling co-innovation and GPU-powered transformer models are accelerating drug discovery. Technology is enabling access and equity. The borders between healthcare and life sciences are blurring and real-world data is being leveraged to drive a precision medicine strategy.


All of Us Research Program – Seeking To Advance Precision Health for All Populations
Denny_JoshuaJoshua Denny, MD, MS, CEO, All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health
The All of Us Research Program launched May 6, 2018 and currently has over 375,000 participants who have contributed biospecimens, health surveys, and a willingness to share their EHR. Participants are partners in the program and receive research results from data they contribute, including genetic ancestry and traits. In the future, participants will also receive health-related genomic results from whole genome sequencing. In May 2020, the program launched the beta version of the Researcher Workbench. Once researchers register and are approved to use the workbench, they can access individual-level data and a suite of tools to analyze these data. All of Us is committed to catalyzing a robust ecosystem of researchers and providing a rich dataset that drives discovery and improves health.



Saji WickramasekaraSaji Wickramasekara, CEO, Benchling
Singhal, President & Co-Founder, Benchling

PANEL DISCUSSION: Trends from the Trenches
Davies_KevinKevin Davies, PhD, Executive Editor, The CRISPR Journal; Founding Editor, Bio-IT World
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, cloud, data science, and machine learning that are involved in supporting data-intensive science. In 2021, Chris will give the “Trends from the Trenches” presentation in its original “state-of-the-state address” followed by guest speakers giving podium talks on relevant topics. An interactive Q&A moderated discussion with the audience follows. Come prepared with your questions and commentary for this informative and lively session. To stay connected with Trends from the Trenches updates after today and all year, sign up for BioTeam's newsletter here: https://bit.ly/33uO0OY

Dagdigian_ChrisChris Dagdigian, Senior Director, BioTeam, Inc.
Foertter_FernandaFernanda S. Foertter, PhD, Director of Applications, NextSilicon
Gutwin_KarlKarl Gutwin, PhD, Director, Software Engineering Services, BioTeam, Inc.
Kraut_AdamAdam Kraut, Director Infrastructure & Cloud Architecture, BioTeam, Inc.

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