Notes from the Pistoia Alliance Annual Conference 2014 in NYC

Having joined the Pistoia Alliance as Executive Director Operations just one week earlier, last week’s annual conference in New York was very much in at the deep end for me. In many respects I was there with the same intention as the majority of the other delegates: to learn more about what the Alliance is, what it has been doing, and what it plans to do next.

HELM reception

It was great to see so many of you at the HELM reception at BioIT World. For those who are unable to make it, here are the slides containing the latest news from the project and new HELM implementations.

Inter-Pharma co-operation works – just look at the seventies

In those turbulent times, many pharmaceutical companies were still managing some of their R&D information systems on paper. Those that had moved to computer-based systems were tied to the mainframe, with little or no interactive access. All updates and queries were performed in batch mode – apart from online searches of external systems, which were carried out mostly on teletypes.