While making my way to a recent Pistoia Alliance networking event I bumped into a colleague from one of our member organisations. She asked me where I was going. On hearing where I was headed, she mentioned that she had heard about this event but she did not think she was entitled to attend, since she was aware that her company was a member of the Pistoia Alliance but she personally was not.
At our event, the pitches were delivered by members of the Pistoia Alliance Board, and we gave the audience play money so that they could be the dragons and award their “funds” to the pitch or pitches they liked best.
Last week saw the third annual face-to-face meeting of the Pistoia Alliance Board and Operational Team. We’ll have more to say in future entries about some of the happenings at and outcomes of that meeting, but today I want to highlight that this was the third such meeting in what is now the Alliance’s fifth year since being conceived over dinner at a conference in Pistoia, Italy.
It was tremendously gratifying to work with the 36 participants who attended last month’s Information Ecosystem Workshop in Hannover. The discussion was enthusiastic and focused, and efforts are currently underway to prioritize the many ideas (over 30) generated at the meeting into viable project workstreams.
I first used the phrase “information ecosystem” to describe the biopharma informatics environment at the Pistoia Alliance Annual Face-to-Face board meeting last February. It’s a simple concept that’s widely understood now.