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.
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.
n every day discussions we take for granted that we have a reference terminology (in my case, the English dictionary) that provides definitions and usage of the concepts necessary to describe a certain “fact.” But even humans get confused by overlapping terms.
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.
Robert Mitchell over at Computerworld recently blogged about his takeaways from the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo. He nailed it, I think, raising themes that we’ve definitely noticed here at the Pistoia Alliance. We’re also thrilled he gave us a mention in his post.
I was able to take SESL on a public spin at the Bio-ITWorld meeting last week in Hannover, and it was very well received. As we at the Pistoia Alliance bring this project to a close, it’s clear that we’re in a SESL-is-dead, long-live-SESL situation as we determine the best way to leverage the lessons from this project in other initiatives—very likely the Open PHACTS project sponsored by the IMI.