SME Bioinformatics Forum 2018

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SME Bioinformatics Forum 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018

Join us on the Wellcome Genome Campus for the 11th EMBL-EBI SME Bioinformatics Forum on the 1st of November, 2018. Find out how your company can make the most of public molecular data resources? 

EMBL-EBI's freely available and sustainable biological data resources and services enable and support data-driven bioindustries and make it easier for small companies to stay focused on product development. Our annual SME Bioinformatics Forum provides a window into EMBL-EBI, allowing you to:

  • discover our latest tools and services
  • speak to our bioinformatics experts
  • find out how other SMEs have collaborated with us to develop and grow their businesses.

There will be plenty of opportunities on the day to pitch your business and network.

See the list of attendees here.

Registration

Programme

Chair: Dominic Clark

Time Title Speaker
08:30 - 09:30 Arrivals and registration  
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome and introductions Dominic Clark, EMBL-EBI
09:40 - 10:00 EMBL-EBI Industry Strategy Jessica Vamathevan
10:00 - 10:15 EMBL-EBI News - new resources, tools and services Oana Stroe
10:15 - 10:45 Flash Talks  
10:45 - 11:15 Networking break  
11:15 - 12:15 How EMBL-EBI works with SMEs (case studies)
12:15 - 12:25 SciBite on levaraging EMBL-EBI tools Jane Lomax
12:25 - 12:35 EMBL-EBI Training Sarah Morgan
12:35 - 12:45 User Experience for the Life Sciences (UXLS) Toolkit Paula de Matos
12:45 - 14:15 Lunch and EMBL-EBI data resources showcase 

Resources:

14:15 - 14:30 Wellcome Genome Campus BioInnovation Jo Mills
14:30 - 14:45 ELIXIR Industry Programme Kathi Lauer
14:45 - 15:00 OneNucleus: Support for SMEs in bioinformatics and data sciences  Tony Jones
15:00 - 15:30 Medicines Discovery Catapult John Overington
15:30 - 15:45 BBSRC Funding Support for collaborative research Laura Pritchard
15:45 - 16:15 Networking break  
16:15 - 16:45

Panel discussion: 

  • Maximising partnership opportunities for SMEs
  • Opportnities for collaborative funding

Moderator: Dominic Clark

Invited panel: SciBite, Congenica, Repositive, Medicines Discovery Catapult, Biocatalyst, OneNucleus

16:45 - 17:00 Wrap up Dominic Clark
17:00 - 18:00 Drinks reception and networking  

Register now

Sponsors

We are very grateful to ELIXIR, One Nucleus and the Medicines Discovery Catapult for their support.

If you have any practical questions about the logistics of this event, please contact Lucie Smith: lsmith@ebi.ac.uk

Timing

Please note that the speaker lineup and the timing of talks may change before the event.

Speakers


Dominic Clark

Dominic Clark

Dominic is the Manager of the EMBL-EBI Industry Programme - a global pre-competitive alliance of over 20 major life sciences companies and EMBL-EBI. He is responsible for planning global business development activities and the delivery of the Programme's activities, including planning and moderation of knowledge exchange workshops on topics prioritised by members. 

Prior to joining EMBL-EBI, Dominic worked for Sagentia Ltd as a Managing Consultant with a focus on life sciences, pharmaceuticals and due diligence.  This includes a four-year secondment to EMBL-EBI during which he managed a number of strategic projects and initiatives, including the initial stages of the ELIXIR preparatory phase project.

Before joining Sagentia Ltd, Dominic was Vice President of Informatics and IT at Pharmagene Ltd and was part of the management team during the flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2001.

He spent five years at GlaxoWellcome (now GSK) in senior management roles including Principle Scientist, UK Bioinformatics Manager, Programme Manager Global R&D Infrastructure and Global Internet & Intranet Services Manager.

His initial research was conducted at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK) where he published numerous papers and managed projects in the areas of Medical informatics, AI, logic programming, computational biology and bioinformatics.

Dominic holds a PhD in Medical Informatics/AI from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology and a postgraduate diploma in IT Project management (OU). He is a founding director of the International Society for Computational Biology.


Jessica Vamathevan

Jessica Vamathevan

Jessica is Head of EMBL-EBI Strategic Partnership Office responsible for strategy development, planning and industry initiatives within EMBL-EBI. This is a new Office that was created to drive broader academic and industry engagement demanded by the increased utility of genomics and biological data and the growing translational applications of bioinformatics.

Prior to joining EMBL-EBI, Jessica worked for GSK as the Operations Director for Open Targets, a public-private partnership between GSK, Biogen, Takeda, EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Jessica oversaw the management of informatics and experimental target validation projects and ensured the strategic deployment and operational translation of the initiative.

Before joining Open Targets, Jessica was a Manager in Computational Biology at GSK, working with discovery scientists in many therapeutic areas including Infectious Diseases, Respiratory, Immuno-Inflammation and Rare Diseases to deliver impactful bioinformatics projects.

She spent over six years at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Maryland, US working on many pathogen-genome sequencing projects and a year at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in human genome annotation. She also taught as a Lecturer in Molecular Evolution at University College London.

Jessica holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from University College London, an MSc in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney.


Oana Stroe

Oana Stroe

Oana coordinates EMBL-EBI's press and media relations, content production, and conferences and exhibitions. Before joining EMBL-EBI, Oana spent several years as an Account Manager at technical, engineering and science PR agency Stone Junction. Here, she designed and implemented integrated communications campaigns on behalf of numerous clients from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, engineering and technology sectors. 

Oana holds an MA in Communication, Culture and Media from Coventry University and a BA in Communication and Public Relations from the National School of Political Science and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania.


Rob Finn

Rob Finn

Dr Rob Finn leads EMBL-EBI’s Sequence Families team, which is responsible for the InterPro, Pfam, Rfam and RNAcentral data resources. The team also looks after EMBL-EBI's fast-growing Metagenomics data service. Rob also has a small research group that probes the functions of microbial 'dark matter'.

Rob joined EMBL-EBI from the Janelia Research Campus in the US, where he led a group that designed fast, web-based, interactive protein-sequence searches and annotations. Between 2001 and 2010, he was the project leader for Pfam at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK. Rob’s academic background is in microbiology and he holds a PhD in biochemistry from Imperial College, London.


Johanna McEntyre

Johanna McEntyre

Jo has been Team Leader for Literature Services at EMBL-EBI since 2009. She is the PI for Europe PMC - the database of abstracts and full-text articles for the life sciences. Prior to joining EMBL-EBI, Jo was a staff scientist at the NCBI, National Library of Medicine, NIH, USA, and was the Editor at Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TiBS), Elsevier. Jo is active in the Force 11 Data Citation Implementation Group, and is interested in text mining as a means to improve the integration of literature with public data resources.She holds a PhD in plant biology from Manchester Metropolitan University.


Paul Shannon

Paul Shannon

Paul Shannon is Head of Technology at eLife, a unique collaboration between the funders and practitioners of research to improve the way important research is selected, presented, and shared. He’s responsible for the technology strategy at eLife ensuring the team are committed to openness in the products they produce to encourage broad change across the research communication landscape. He leads the community efforts around eLife’s open source products (Libero, Lens, ScienceBeam) and contributes to the Coko Community (xPub) through leadership and facilitation. He’s a regular conference speaker and was previously VP Technology for innovative digital music platform 7digital, where he grew the team and scaled the API platform to support the vastly changing music technology industry. 


Jane Lomax

Jane Lomax

Jane is the Head of Ontologies at SciBite, a company that specialises in text mining, semantics and data intelligence for biopharma, biotech and beyond. Before her time at SciBite, Jane worked as a bioinformatician for WormBase in the Parasite Genomics group, working specifically on parasitic nematodes. Jane co-ordinated the development of the Gene Ontology, a major bioinformatics project to standardise the description of functional data, at EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute and was involved in many efforts relating to ontologies and standards such as the Open Biomedical Foundries (OBO). Prior to this I researched the population genetics of filarial nematodes at the Univeristy of Cambridge focussing on study population of Wuchereria bancrofti in Papua New Guinea.


Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Sarah has a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Sciences, followed by a PhD from Cranfield University. Over a 10 year academic career her research has focused on tumour biomarker characterisation and cell-surface interaction. Beyond research she took an active role in the provision of postgraduate taught courses for the University as Lecturer in Molecular Medicine, leading the development and direction of a number of MSc Courses including the MSc in Translational Medicine, the MSc in Molecular Medicine, and more recently acting as director for the MSc Programmes in Advanced Biosciences.  She has lectured on a variety of biomedical techniques and topics, including ethics and governance of research.


Paula de Matos

Paula de Matos

Paula is an independent consultant specialising in the application of UX in complex domains such as lifesciences, finance and biodiversity. She is a Project Manager for the Pistoia Alliance UX for Life Sciences project. This is a collaboration of over 35 UX specialistsworking together to share knowledge and best practices in the UX for Life Sciences domain. 
 


Jo Mills

Jo Mills

Jo joined the Wellcome Genome Campus as Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre Manager as part of its vision to establish the Genome Campus as a world-leading innovation ecosystem for Genomes and BioData. Prior to this Jo spent over 15 years at the Cambridge Judge Business School developing entrepreneurship education. For 10 years she was Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and was the Founding Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship where she worked with almost 200 aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe.


Katharina Lauer

Katharina Lauer

Katharina Lauer leads the development and implementation of ELIXIR’s Industry Strategy, including the ELIXIR Innovation and SME programme. Kathi joined ELIXIR from the University of Cambridge where she worked as a research associate looking at the interaction of DNA damage repair proteins and viruses. She was also a member of the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge, a group aiming to enhance the entrepreneurial potential of postdocs in academia.Originally from Germany, Katharina Lauer received a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in vaccinology from the University of Manchester, UK.  During her PhD she also volunteered for Public Health England in the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.


Tony Jones

Tony Jones

Tony Jones is Director of Business Development at One Nucleus, developing the organisation's membership offering to reflect the current external environment and the changing needs of business. He leads the delivery of BioWednesdays, the Life Science Leadership Series and the annual Genesis Conference. Tony was Director of Biotechnology and Healthcare at London First, managing the London Biotechnology Network and promotion of London’s excellence in healthcare research and delivery. In 2010 he took London Biotechnology Network into a merger with the nonprofit membership organisation ERBI, consolidating efforts to assist member companies in developing their businesses. Tony obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Southampton, and conducted several years of post-doctoral research in the oncology field, primarily with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now CRUK). He moved into Technology Transfer in 1997 with the Medical Research Council and later at University College London's Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research. 


John Overington

John Overington

John joined the Medicine Discovery Catapult as CIO, where he leads the development and application of informatics approaches to promote and support innovative, fast-to-patient drug discovery in the UK through collaborative projects across the applied R&D community. John joined from technology company BenevolentAI, where he was involved in the development of novel data extraction and integration strategies, integrating deep learning and other Artificial Intelligence approaches to drug target validation and drug optimisation. Prior to this, John worked for Inpharmatica, where he led the development of a series of computational and data platforms to improve drug discovery, including the medicinal chemistry database StARLite. In 2008 he was central to the transfer of this database to the EMBL-EBI, where the successor is now known as the ChEMBL. More recently, the work extended into large-scale patent informatics with the Open patent database SureChEMBL.

EMBL-EBI - Kendrew Lecture Theatre
Wellcome Genome Campus Hinxton Cambridge CB10 1SD United Kingdom

The Kendrew Lecture Theatre in EMBL-EBI's South Building, situated with a view towards the amphitheatre, seats 150 people. The lecture theatre is equipped with three cameras for recording events remotely.

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