HELM attracting attention at Bio-IT World 2015

Having won the 2014 Best Practice Award at the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, HELM again attracted plenty of attention at this year’s meeting (Boston, April 21-23 2015). Numerous contributions gave an overview of the growing HELM ecosystem and its adoption by the pharmaceutical industry.

The stage was prepared by a pre-conference workshop about biological registration systems on Tuesday morning. Rudolf Kinder and Clemens Wrzodek (both from Roche Innovation Center Penzberg) presented their excellent work on using HELM to build a biological registration system.

My highlight of the next day was the face to face meeting of the HELM standard management team. The attending members from BMS, Chemaxon, Novartis, Pfizer, quattro research and Roche used the relaxed atmosphere to chat about the current state of HELM and especially the newest family member, the “HELM Antibody Editor” (HAbE) just released on Pistoia’s GitHub a few days before the conference.

The evening was concluded by a wonderful and well attended Pistoia reception (thanks Carmen for organizing!). A great opportunity to meet Pistoia mates and interested parties which will hopefully join Pistoia soon J

The third day saw quattro research winning a poster award for an overview of the HELM environment (see www.openhelm.org) and the companies and people responsible for this success story.

During the discussions at the poster, the most interest was around the new HAbE which was developed under the lead of Stefan Klostermann (Roche Innovation Center Penzberg).

All the ideas and ongoing projects around HELM e.g. from the HELM standard team, make me confident that we will be able to report similar success stories from next year’s Bio-IT World…

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