Portfolio Update, Or What We Did Last Summer

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!).

When Dragons Speak

The Dragons’ Den session at the Pistoia Alliance Conference last April gave us a chance to socialize some of our embryonic portfolio projects.

Do Biomarker Exchange Standards Exist?

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.

Nick Lynch Receives First Pistoia Alliance Leadership Award

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.

Kicking Off New Working Groups

Two teleconferences are planned for the next fortnight aiming to kick off working groups on two topics emanating from the highly fruitful Information Ecosystem Workshop that the Pistoia Alliance held last October in Hannover.