One of the great things about mobile apps is that they are low-profile, easy-to-adopt tools that theoretically could remove traditional barriers between information sources.
In my last entry, I posited that technology should NOT be a barrier to “appifying” R&D workflows. So why haven’t apps taken off so far in R&D? I’d argue that it comes down to the paradigm shift that mobile technology has created in computing.
The computing transformation being effected by mobile computing may not be one we fully appreciate while burying our heads and thumbs in the latest cool app or game.
It’s been quite quiet on the Pistoia Alliance blog and website since June, but only because instead of taking holidays, we’ve been working hard developing a number of our nascent workstreams (though I did take a day to watch some of the volleyball at the Olympics—saw some very skillful play!).
The Dragons’ Den session at the Pistoia Alliance Conference last April gave us a chance to socialize some of our embryonic portfolio projects.
April and the BioITWorld Expo in Boston saw the second running of the Pistoia Alliance Conference, and we once again overfilled the facility at Thomson Reuters, who generously offered to host our meeting for a second year.
Last week I was part of a very interesting email exchange on the topic of biomarker exchange standards. The correspondents were Sandor Szalma of Johnson & Johnson, who is heading up the embryonic working group on this subject, and James McGurk, director of informatics at Daiichi Sankyo Pharma Development.
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.