EU Conference 18 – Agenda

Pistoia Alliance EU Conference 2018

14th March, Millennium Hotel, Mayfair London

 Technology is driving change in life sciences R&D. The Pistoia Alliance Annual EU Conference 2018 will offer a unique opportunity for its members to debate important developments across the pharma and life science R&D value chain, and identify key areas where the Pistoia Alliance, already a thought-leader in many of these areas, can set up collaborative projects that will make a real difference to research and ultimately to patients.


Wednesday 14th March 2018

7.30     Registration and Coffee

8.25     Opening remarks from chair

Zahid Tharia, Pistoia Alliance

8.30     President’s introduction

Steve Arlington, President, Pistoia Alliance

8.50     Keynote Presentation

Bill Burns, Former CEO, Roche Pharma

Member of the Pistoia Alliance Advisory Board

9.35     Pistoia Alliance Portfolio update

Carmen Nitsche, Pistoia Alliance

9.55     Panel: Data Security as an enabler in life science innovation

Facilitator: Richard Horne, Partner, PwC

  • Terry Rice, VP, IT Risk Management & CISO, Merck
  • Sandip Patel, Director, Information Security Consultancy, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Simon Tilley, Life Science Director, SAS
  • Mark Darbyshire, VP, Platform – Integration, SAP

10.55   Coffee – Sponsored by ACD/Labs

11.30   Panel: Meet the new Pistoia Alliance Members Part 1

  • Nick Lench, CEO, Congenica
  • Rainer Winnenburg, Taxonomist, Abbvie
  • Andy Hope, VP, Sales and Development, Cyclica
  • Sam Mantle, Managing Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Luxoft

12.00   Lunch and Poster viewing

13.00   Breakouts – Future technologies

  • AI
  • Lab of the Future
  • RWD / RWE
  • FAIR Data Principles

14.15   Panel: Meet the new Pistoia Alliance Members Part 2

  • Petrik Cuijpers, Managing Director, Vivenics
  • Richard Golob, Head of Life Sciences, EPAM
  • Lasse Gorlitz, Director, Grit42
  • Cait Murray, Medisapiens

14.45   Coffee, sponsored by Medisapiens

15.15   Breakouts report back to plenary

15.45   Keynote Presentation: Collaboration in the Development of Medicines

Dr Menelas N Pangalos , Executive Vice President, IMED Biotech Unit & Global Business Development, AstraZeneca

16.15   Feedback on Hackathon

David Proudlock, Pistoia Alliance

17.15   President’s closing remarks and the award of the Poster Prize

17.30   Networking Reception and end of Conference