Technology Driving Precision Medicine

Co-Located with Molecular Med TRI-CON Asia

May 28-31, 2013
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Archived Content

Cambridge Healthtech Institute & Bio-IT World's Inaugural
IT Infrastructure and the Cloud
June 6-7, 2012 

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7:30 Conference Registration and Morning Coffee

8:15 Welcome Remarks

Kevin Davies, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Bio-IT World

Ming Guo, Conference Director, Cambridge Healthtech Institute




Platform Computing8:20 Bio-IT World Conferences Review and Keynote Introduction

Janis Landry-Lane, World-Wide Deep Computing Sales, IBM


8:30 Keynote Presentation: The HIV/AIDS Pandemic and Prospects for Control

David D. HoDavid D. Ho, M.D., Scientific Director & CEO, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research CenterBiography 

Recognized only 30 years ago, HIV/AIDS is arguably the worst plague in human history.  Despite enormous scientific progress, this pandemic continues to rage.  Effective treatments now extend lives in developed countries, and significant efforts are in place to expand the use of life-saving medications in the developing world.  A cure is not in sight and a protective vaccine is, likewise, years away. Nevertheless, slowing or halting the spread of HIV transmission remains the highest priority for scientists engaged in this fight.

9:15 Featured Presentation: Bio-IT Trends from the Trenches

Chris DagdigianChris Dagdigian, Founding Partner and Director, Technology, BioTeam, Inc. - Biography


9:45 Integrated Bioinformatics Solutions in Drug Discovery & Development

Yaron TurpazYaron Turpaz, Ph.D., Vice President, Informatics & Information Sciences, Research & Development Information, AstraZeneca Plc. - Biography 

The acceleration of drug discovery and development across therapeutic areas require the implementation of integrated bioinformatics solutions that bridges multi-dimensional pre-clinical studies with clinical data, including the global integration of internal data with public domain information. We will discuss the challenges and proposed solutions as applied in R&D informatics and information sciences at the pharmaceutical industry, with a focus on scientific impact as a measure of success.

10:15 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Enabling Big Data Analysis 

BT Global Services logo 11:15 Beyond the Cloud: How Cloud Services can Drive Performance in Pharma R&DDavid Brown, Pharmaceuticals Industry Consultant, BT Global ServicesAs so much of the debate about cloud computing has focused on technology, this presentation will look at why pharma should focus on the benefits of cloud services and how it can drive performance in R&D. We will be showcasing the newly launched BT for Life Sciences R&D platform and discuss what organisations need to do to make cloud solutions work for them along with the how and why.

11:45 Dynamically Scalable, Accessible Analysis with Galaxy Cloud

James TaylorJames Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Mathematics & Computer Science Emory University Atlanta

High-throughput sequencing has transformed biomedical research, however making sense of this resource requires sophisticated computational tools. Galaxy makes these tools available to a wide audience of researchers, while ensuring that analyses are reproducible and can be communicated transparently. Galaxy Cloudman makes this accessible analysis environment available on Cloud resources, enabling researchers without dedicated compute resources to perform large-scale data analysis cost effectively.

Aspera12:15 Bridging Enterprise and Cloud for Global Collaboration in Genomic Research

Richard Heitmann, Vice President, Marketing, Aspera, Inc
The full potential of the cloud to transform IT processes for genomic research has been limited by the inherent bottleneck in moving big data. A pioneer in the enablement of high-speed data-intensive workflows throughout the enterprise, Aspera has now unlocked the cloud for big data with its industry-leading high-speed transport solutions. Genomic research and high-performance computing centers can now leverage new technologies that enable the secure, high-speed transfer, analysis, storage and distribution of genome sequences to accelerate research.  We'll cover best practices in infrastructure choices and deployments, present the technologies that eliminate the traditional tradeoffs of data storage and access and allow research institutions enterprises to implement the most efficient end-to-end workflows, regardless of where research data is effectively located.

Platform Computing 12:30 Luncheon Presentation
A Shared Services Platform for Bio-informatics and Hadoop Applications
 Jeremy ChambersJeremy Chambers, Solution Architect, Platform Computing, an IBM Company
This session looks at the benefits of adopting a multi-tenant big data cluster platform for bio-informatics applications. In this session, we introduce a shared services platform capable of running multiple bio-informatics applications  including MapReduce applications on the same shared grid,  while delivering guaranteed SLAs to different lines of business. With such a shared services platform, IT organizations can achieve higher resource utilization and cost savings as well as improved application performance. 


IT Infrastructure For Collaboration 

13:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Ryan Ko, Ph.D., Research Director, Cloud Security Alliance Singapore

14:00 Building a Bioinformatics Centre

Andrew LonieAndrew Lonie, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Head, Life Sciences Computation Centre, Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative

The Life Sciences Computation Centre (LSCC) is a distributed centre of bioinformatics and computational biology expertise and infrastructure, to support and enable collaboration among researchers across Melbourne, Australia. The LSCC focuses on data-intensive life science informatics, specifically genomics, proteomics and biomedical image analysis. This presentation will discuss the technical challenges of providing common bioinformatics infrastructure and support, how the centre interacts with research institutes and the bioinformatics community to develop a model of sustainability.

14:30 The NeCTAR Research Cloud: A Cloud Computing Platform for Australian Research

Glenn MoloneyGlenn Moloney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, NeCTAR, The University of Melbourne

The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project is partnering with Australian research institutions to create a distributed cloud computing platform to support the needs of research. The NeCTAR Research Cloud is built on OpenStack technology and represents one of the most significant OpenStack deployments outside the US. NeCTAR is also funding the development of collaborative Virtual Laboratory and Research Tool projects deployed on the Research Cloud to address the needs of key research communities, in areas including genomics, bioinformatics, glycomics, marine sciences, climate and Earth sciences. This talk will report on the NeCTAR Project, lessons learned and the challenges in establishing a production cloud platform for diverse research needs. NeCTAR is an Australian Government project conducted as part of the Super Science initiative. The University of Melbourne has been appointed the lead agent by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Chemaxon15:00 Modern Enterprise and Standalone Cheminformatics Solutions
Wei Deng, Ph.D., Application Scientist, ChemAxon LtdApplication of ChemAxon software toolkits allows the setup of an enterprise chemical platform for chemical structure database management, enumerating virtual libraries, predicting structure properties, patent searching on the Cloud, searching and mining chemical data in company file repositories. ChemAxon technology can be built into existing informatics systems or incorporated in many widely used enterprise technologies such as SharePoint or Microsoft Excel enabling scientist to execute chemical operations directly in these applications. Moreover, for medium or small-sized entrepreneurships ChemAxon toolkits are available as standalone applications for individuals and groups which can be deployed quickly but later integrated depending on technical and business needs.

Quantum 125px 15:15 Managing Big Data in the Life Sciences IndustrySK Lau, Director, Presales Consulting, Asia Pacific, Quantum CorporationNext generation genomic sequencers and other instruments are becoming smarter in how they generate data off-instrument, but still data storage requirements grow. Some suggest the cost of managing and analyzing this data will outpace the cost to actually sequence. Research institutions and bio-informatics firms have more aggressively begun to set up tiered storage environments to deal with increasing power and cooling costs and shrinking data center footprint of storing and protecting all this big data. This session will highlight strategies certain life science customers are using for long-term data tiering, archival, and data protection for handling next gen instrument data using solutions like Quantum’s StorNext software and appliances. 

15:30 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

16:00 Dynamic Linkage of Data Facilitates Collaborative Medical and Bioinformatics Research

Maureen TurnerMaureen Turner, BA (Hons), M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer, BioGrid Australia Ltd.

BioGrid Australia operates a leading federated IBM technology platform that allows authorized researchers to dynamically extract data from multiple sources whilst protecting patient privacy. This presentation highlights the value of a federated infrastructure and discusses the issues of human ethics, data security, privacy protection and intellectual property management. BioGrid has proven that it is possible to enable discovery and collaborative research via the Internet with data security, intellectual property and patient privacy issues appropriately managed.

16:30 Building an Oasis for Discovery through an Integrated Research Informatics Model

Anqi QuanAnqi Qian, Ph.D., Project Director, Research, Sidra Medical and Research Center

The author will discuss the making of a research infrastructure for a new multi-billion dollar endowed academic medical center unique in the MENA region, dedicated to women and children’s health. Through an integrated research informatics design, researchers – across labs, institutions, consortium boundaries -
to contribute, manage, access, support collaboration on broad range of biomedical and clinical research activities. The author will also discuss the unique healthcare and biomedical challenges and opportunities, which can benefit from this collaborative model.

17:00 Data in the Cloud - Demystifying the Myths and Challenges in Analytics, Security, and Governance

Ryan KoRyan Ko, Ph.D., Research Director, Cloud Security Alliance Singapore

With the increased adoption of Cloud Computing, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in the information technology era: a shift in focus from technology to a larger focus on information. With information and data taking centre-stage, are current cloud computing providers and their underlying technologies ready? With all the hype on Big Data and the potential of data analytics, is the current data landscape actually ready to fulfill its potential? This talk introduces the realities and symbiotic relationship between cloud computing and big data, demystifies the common myths and misconceptions, and introduces you to the compelling trends and key concerns uncovered by a recent industry survey conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance's Cloud Data Governance working group. The speaker will also discuss the top holy grails of analyzing, securing and governing data in the cloud.

17:30 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

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