Pistoia Alliance Begins 2015 with a Celebration of Success

_RHX6237For slides from this event, please scroll to the bottom of this blog post.

Last week saw the Pistoia Alliance host its annual evening dinner and discussion in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Library at Burlington House, London. The event celebrated past successes and looked forwards to future potential.

The event was chaired by Ashley George, Treasurer of the Pistoia Alliance, and his introductory presentation laid out the agenda for the evening. Ashley used his introduction to stress the importance of IP3, the Pistoia Alliance’s online database of project ideas. The Pistoia Alliance is now looking to commission, on average, two new projects per quarter, but to achieve this it needs a constant flow of new ideas to be submitted via IP3.

What have the Romans ever done for us?


The event got underway with a short series of talks showcasing how the Pistoia Alliance’s projects have been used to full effect in the life sciences community. The audience first heard from GeneStack, a company which has successfully built its entire business model around the output from the Sequence Services project.

The subject then moved on to Controlled Substance Compliance Services (CSCS), and how Evotec are now using this to better manage the complicated task of complying with the multitude of regulations around controlled substances. In the talk, Evotec commented on how the CSCS solution it purchased from ChemAxon was providing real benefit to Evotec’s business.

The audience then heard from Roche and how they were using HELM to improve the design and registration of antibodies.

New projects seeking funding

_RHX6083The Pistoia Alliance also used the event to introduce its two new projects currently at the funding stage: the Ontology Equivalence Mapping project and the Chemical Safety Library project.

The Ontology Equivalence Mapping project will improve the ability to analyse data combined from multiple sources through the development of better methods for identifying equivalent terminology, while the Chemical Safety Library will allow the global research community to anonymously share their adverse chemical reaction experiences, combined with existing public data and their own private records, in order to improve safety for all researchers.

What keeps you #UpAtNight?

_RHX6291In the final session, the Pistoia Alliance team facilitated a series of discussions which saw the audience broken up into groups to debate the subject of “What Keeps You Up At Night?”. The aim was to develop a new selection of project ideas that the Pistoia Alliance membership felt could be useful for the Alliance to address. The ideas generated from these discussions will be made available on IP3 in the coming days.

The evening concluded with an extended networking session over dinner and drinks, allowing all those present to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances.



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