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Keynote Panel at Bio-IT World Expo to Feature Five Leaders in the Field of "Personal Genomics"

A plenary panel discussion on the exciting field of "personal genomics," featuring five of the most outstanding scientists, physicians and commentators in the field, is among the highlights of the 2009 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo being held April 27-29 at the World Trade Center in Boston.

Needham, Mass. (PRWEB) March 31, 2009 -- A plenary panel discussion on the exciting field of "personal genomics," featuring five of the most outstanding scientists, physicians and commentators in the field, is among the highlights of the 2009 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo being held April 27-29 at the World Trade Center in Boston.

The panel entitled "The Future of Personal Genomics" will take place on Wednesday, April 29, at 8:45 a.m., immediately following a keynote presentation from Complete Genomics CEO, Clifford Reid. Bio-IT World's Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Davies Ph.D., will moderate the discussion featuring five authorities in the field:

  • Jorge Conde, Co-Founder & CEO, Knome, Inc.
  • Robert C. Green, M.D., M.P.H. Professor of Neurology, Genetics and Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health
  • John Halamka, M.D., M.S., CIO, Harvard Medical School
  • Clifford Reid, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Complete Genomics, Inc.
  • Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Science Officer, Navigenics, Inc.

"There is extraordinary excitement and interest in the field of personal or consumer genomics at the moment," commented Bio-IT World's Kevin Davies. "We are in the first throes of a revolution in medicine and healthcare thanks to the collapsing costs of gene analysis and the dramatic success of late in mapping DNA variants that predispose to common disease. We are thrilled with the caliber of this panel, and anticipate a fascinating, interactive and highly informative session."

Attendance at the keynote panel and keynote presentations is free (until April 17) for pre-registered delegates who sign up for an Exhibit Hall and Keynote pass. Please visit and click on the Exhibit Hall and Keynote pass banner.

Keynote Highlights:

In addition to Clifford Reid, Bio-IT World welcomes two other distinguished keynote speakers:

On Monday, April 27, Chris Dagdigian, Founding Partner and Director of Technology, BioTeam, Inc., delivers the opening keynote.

On Tuesday, April 28, Eric E. Schadt, Ph.D., Executive Scientific Director, Genetics, Rosetta Inpharmatics/Merck Research Labs and Sage, discusses the latest advances in integrative genomics.

Session highlights at this year's event include:

Next-Generation Sequencing Data Management & Analysis
You'll get practical information about the analysis, assessment, design, implementation, testing, and support needed to bring a research organization from technology adoption to publication in the next-gen world. This session features guest speakers from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Broad Institute, and Complete Genomics.

High Performance Computing & Storage: Trends and Applications
What are your storage and computing strategies during these tough economic times? How are you efficiently managing cost reductions, maximizing efficiencies and maintaining quality? Join thought leaders in this day long workshop to examine high performance computing trends and applications. The morning will discuss various computing technologies including grid, cloud and next generation sequencing. The afternoon will discuss practical applications of computing technologies with real world examples for efficient data storage and analysis. This session features speakers from Harvard Medical School; Cambridge Computer; Rosetta Inpharmatics; Genetech; Johnson & Johnson; Eli Lilly; Pfizer; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Cycle Computing; Ocarina Networks, and BioTeam.

Advances in Drug Safety Informatics
Cellumen, University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and University of California, Berkeley will discuss how informatics can be applied to avoid the inclusion of problematic structures, reduce the risk of continuing to invest in compounds that are likely to cause toxicity, or to help better understand the causes when toxicity appears in order to facilitate structural changes that could minimize the problem.

Michael Cariaso from the BioTeam will present "Technology without Borders: Providing Rural Innovative Digital Education (PRIDE) in Cambodia."

Cloud Computing: Panel Discussion
The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; BioTeam, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Google; Lilly R&D; Amazon Web Services will explore how life sciences is using cloud computing application, its challenges and effectiveness, how money can be saved by an organization, and regulatory compliance.

Service Oriented Architecture - A New Data Sharing Architecture
Robert Lundsten from Feinstein Institute for Medical Research will describe how the North Shore Informatics Group (NSIG) created a pilot framework of a Service Oriented Architecture that integrated and shared data between different data management groups.

Deploying Enterprise 2.0 Solutions: Case Studies & Business Challenges
David Hodgson from Roche Pharmaceuticals will present short case studies that illustrate the provision of workspaces for team collaboration, the use of idea management software for innovation and the prototype of a guided navigation system for domain-based search.

Cancer Epigenomics: A Systematic Approach to Biomarker Discovery and Computational Optimization
Christoph Bock, Department of Computational Biology, Max Planck Institute for Informatics will present recent work on computational epigenetics (performed in conjunction with The Broad Institute) that highlight a systematic workflow for optimizing epigenetic biomarker candidates for clinical applications.

Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D., Founder, Resounding Health Incorporated will present "Online Health Information Retrieval by Consumers and the Challenge of Personal Genomics" in the new eHealth Solutions Track.

caBIG®: An Interoperable IT Framework for Personalized Medicine
Ken Buetow, Ph.D. from the National Cancer Institute will showcase actual case studies of improved processes in discovery research, biobanking, imaging, and clinical research; new models of connectivity to enhance and accelerate research collaborations; and a new ecosystem to drive continuous learning from bench to bedside and back .

Comparing Public and Commercial Databases of Bioactive Chemicals by Content and Compound-to-Protein Mappings
Christopher Southan, Ph.D., EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) will compare content from selected public and commercial databases and review the different strategies used for extracting unstructured data from documents describing bioactive compounds and transferring them to structured relational databases for high value data mining.

For more information on Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, visit the event website at

About Bio-IT World
Bio-IT World (, the flagship publication of Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI), is the leading source of news on technology and strategic innovation in drug discovery, development and clinical trials. Bio-IT World's focus is increasingly one that explores the tools and results of "predictive biology" as the industry adapts to the new world of "personalized medicine." Bio-IT World has won 34 national and regional awards, more than any other magazine covering the life sciences industry. Bio-IT World, part of Cambridge Healthtech Media Group--a division of CHI--also produces a comprehensive, continually updated website, topic-specific briefings, white papers, webcasts, podcasts, conferences, and the Bio-IT World Best Practices Awards. Established in 2001, the magazine is based in Needham, Mass.

About Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI)
Founded in 1992, Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) ( is the industry leader offering the preeminent source of information to the leading researchers and business experts from top pharmaceutical, biotech, and academic organizations. Delivering an assortment of resources such as events, reports, publications and eNewsletters, CHI's portfolio of products include Cambridge Healthtech Institute Events, Pharmaceutical Strategy Series, Barnett International, Insight Pharma Reports, Marketing Services, and Cambridge Healthtech Media Group.

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Cambridge Healthtech Institute
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