Since its debut in 2002, the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo has been the world’s premier event showcasing technologies and analytic approaches that solve problems, accelerate science, and drive the future of precision medicine. Bio-IT World unites an ecosystem of over 3,000 leading life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare, informatics and technology experts in the field of biomedical research, drug discovery & development, and healthcare from around the world. With this united community, Bio-IT World is the place to explore the future of precision medicine and the technologies that are powering it. These are the only times daily that bring everyone from across the event together in one room.

All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-4:00)

TUESDAY, October 6 | 10:00 - 11:25 AM

10:00 Welcome Remarks

Cindy Crowninshield, RDN, LDN, Executive Event Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute






10:05 Keynote Introduction

Scott-ParkerScott Parker, Director of Product Marketing, Marketing, Sinequa






10:15 PLENARY KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: NIH’s Strategic Vision for Data Science

Susan K. Gregurick, PhD, Associate Director, Data Science (ADDS) and Director, Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS), National Institutes of Health





Rebecca Baker, PhD, Director, HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health





11:05 LIVE Q&A: Session Wrap-Up Panel Discussion


Ari E Berman, PhD, CEO, BioTeam Inc

11:25 Lunch Break – View Our Virtual Exhibit Hall

WEDNESDAY, October 7 | 12:20 - 1:55 PM

12:20 pm Keynote Introduction: Advancing the New R&D Paradigm for Life Sciences

Schwartz_MichaelMichael Schwartz, Head of Product Marketing, Benchling

The life science industry has forged ahead with a new generation of therapeutics. A new R&D paradigm is required to develop scientific platforms, manage data complexity, and orchestrate progress across specialized teams. Digital solutions and data ecosystems are at the heart of this, but require both structure and adaptability to thrive in the modern life science R&D environment.

12:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Game On: How AI, Citizen Science, and Human Computation Are Facilitating the Next Leap Forward

12:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

Allison Proffitt, Editorial Director, Bio-IT World







Seth CooperSeth Cooper, PhD, Assistant Professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University






Lee LancashireLee Lancashire, PhD, Chief Information Officer, Cohen Veterans Bioscience






Pietro Michelucci, PhD, Director, Human Computation Institute






Jérôme WaldispühlJérôme Waldispühl, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill University






While the precision medicine movement augurs for better outcomes through targeted prevention and intervention, those ambitions entail a bold new set of data challenges. Various panomic and traditional data streams must be integrated if we are to develop a comprehensive basis for individualized care. However, deriving actionable information requires complex predictive models that depend on the acquisition and integration of patient data on a massive scale. This picture is further complicated by new data streams emerging from quantified self-tracking and health social networks, both of which are driven by experimentation-feedback loops. Tackling these issues may seem insurmountable, but recent advancements in human/AI partnerships and crowdsourcing science adds a new set of capabilities to our analytic toolkit. This talk describes recent work in online collective systems that combine human and machine-based information processing to solve biomedical data problems that have been otherwise intractable, and an information processing ecosystem emerging from this work that could transform the landscape of precision medicine for all stakeholders.

1:55 Refresh Break – View Our Virtual Exhibit Hall

THURSDAY, October 8 | 9:00 – 10:40 AM AND 12:00 – 2:00 PM

9:00 - 10:40 PM

9:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Kevin Davies, PhD, Executive Editor, The CRISPR Journal; Founding Editor, Bio-IT World



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


Vivien Bonazzi, PhD, Chief Biomedical Data Scientist, Managing Director, Deloitte


Tim Cutts, PhD, Head, Scientific Computing, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute


Kjiersten Fagnan, PhD, Chief Informatics Officer, Data Science and Informatics Leader, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Matthew Trunnell, Data Commoner-at-Large; Executive Director, Pandemic Response Commons; former Vice President and Chief Data Officer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


The “Trends from the Trenches” will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at 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. In 2020, 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.

11:30 Lunch Break – View Our Virtual Exhibit Hall

12:00 - 2:00 PM

12:00 Organizer’s Remarks

Cindy Crowninshield, RDN, LDN, Executive Event Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute






12:05 Keynote Introduction

Klenk_JuergenJuergen A. Klenk, PhD, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP






12:15 Toward Preventive Genomics: Lessons from MedSeq and BabySeq

Robert GreenRobert Green, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine (Genetics) and Director, G2P Research Program/Preventive Genomics Clinic, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Broad Institute, and Harvard Medical School






12:40 AI in Pharma: Where We Are Today and How We Will Succeed in the Future

Natalija JovanovicNatalija Jovanovic, PhD, Chief Digital Officer, Sanofi Pasteur

1:05 LIVE Q&A: Session Wrap-Up Panel Discussion


Juergen A. Klenk, PhD, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Vivien R. Bonazzi, PhD, Managing Director & Chief Biomedical Data Scientist, Deloitte Consulting LLP

1:25 Happy Hour – View Our Virtual Exhibit Hall

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