Pistoia Alliance Centre of Excellence for AI/ML in Life Sciences Workshop & Datathon launch

Date(s) - 09 Oct 2018
8:15 am - 6:30 pm

Hilton Boston Back Bay


As part of the Pistoia Alliance’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) in Life Sciences, we are planning an AI/ML workshop to allow our community to meet, share ideas and make progress on their AI/ML adoption, implementation planning and impact.

AI/ML is at peak hype in terms of its attention and much has been discussed about the impact these tools we have in Life Science and health. There are emerging examples of success but still relatively rare.

Our CoE seeks to address the needs of those wishing to deliver impact from this emerging area and to address the broader issues of data quality and access plus the challenges of training our industry to get the best outcomes.

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Read Workshop Agenda, speakers and panellists from across the industry including AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer, Shire, WuxiNextCode, University of Northern Iowa.


  • Hear focused presentations sharing AI/ML updates and lessons learned in Life Sciences and health
  • Panels covering the current key topics in AI/ML for Life Sciences (best practice, data challenges, emerging ethics etc)
  • Share best practice with your peers from life sciences on round tables
  • Utilise these examples from our speakers and network to support your Life Science AI/ML next steps
  • Discuss the training and retraining needs as Life Science adopts AI – what do we need to do next
  • Troubleshooting sessions looking at the key AI/ML toolkits and their Life Science capabilities
  • Networking during the day and a reception at end of day
  • Launch of Datathon on Rare Disease
  • Building the CoE for the next phases
    • Discussions on future AI/ML CoE datathons events during Autumn 2018/2019
    • Links to other groups operating in this fast paced environment

Who should attend:

  • Those active in AI/ML keen to share and discuss experiences with Life Science peers
  • Those building their AI/ML adoption plans and keen to network with others
  • Wanting to be involved in community and enhancing impact of AI/ML in our industry
  • We will have attendees reflecting the whole industry, pharma/biotech, vendors, research organisations etc reflecting the membership of Pistoia Alliance and beyond

In more detail – covering key Life Science & Health use cases

In the meeting we will cover a number of Life Science workflows in more details with topics including:

  • What areas will present the biggest impact in 2019?
  • Where can we collaborate as Life Science industry to enhance AI/ML impact?
  • Expanding use within early Drug Discovery
    • What are the current challenges
    • What data needs to be available to build better models
    • What can we do to improve data access and quality?
  • Later stage use of AI in Drug Development – what are the opportunities and challenges?
  • Clinical Imaging utility of AI – what can we do to support this?

Datathon Challenge Launch

We are hosting a charitable datathon challenge that will allow participants to showcase their data expertise, in order to recruit the analytical teams for the future. The datathon will look to identify repurposed drugs to treat rare diseases.

To support the datathon, Elsevier will make a host of data available through its new Entellect platform. The challenge will look to not only predict likely drug candidates, but also predict the possible side effects (adverse events) and any drug-drug interactions that might arise from treating comorbidities (conditions that might accompany the rare disease).

Are you up for the challenge? Would like to find out more information? More details


We welcome ideas for other topics and if we cannot cover them in Boston, we will add them to future meetings (London 2019, other locations) and our webinar series.

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