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15th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School – THE PARADIGM EVOLVES, November 13 – 14, 2019 • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

 

The 15th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School will explore the science, business, and policy issues facing personalized medicine as scientists refine their understanding of how groundbreaking molecular diagnostics augmented by artificial intelligence, advanced data analytics, and digital health applications can empower both physicians and patients with information about how an expanded set of biological characteristics — including those found in the proteome and microbiome — may influence their health and their responses to increasingly impactful therapies.

 

WELCOME RECEPTION – NOVEMBER 13, 2019 – 6:15 P.M.

at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115

 

http://www.personalizedmedicineconference.org/schedule/

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group will cover this event in Real Time for pharmaceuticalintelligence.com 

In attendance generating in realtime event’s eProceeding and social media coverage by

 

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Director & Founder

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group, Boston

Editor-in-Chief

http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com 

e-Mail: avivalev-ari@alum.berkeley.edu

(M) 617-775-0451

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AGENDA

 

PART I

Diagnosing, Different

 

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

8:55 a.m.
Opening Remarks

SPEAKER | Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., President, Personalized Medicine Coalition

9:00 a.m.
The Era of the ‘Living Drug:’ A Keynote Conversation With Dr. Carl June, Pioneer of CAR T-cell Therapy

During this opening keynote session, the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Carl June, the discoverer of the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies that are unlocking a new era of personalized cancer care, will join Immatics US Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen L. Eck for a wide-ranging conversation about the future of personalized medicine, touching on issues including but not limited to access and affordability, regulation and manufacturing, and T-cell therapies beyond cancer.
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MODERATOR | Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Immatics US

Carl June, M.D., Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy, University of Pennsylvania

9:45 a.m.
Transformative Technologies: Previewing the Value Proposition and Outlook for Disruptive Tools Designed to Enable Personalized Medicine

Emerging personalized medicine technologies may help facilitate earlier interventions that eliminate the need for expensive treatment of advanced diseases that have devastating consequences for patients. They can also help target treatments to only those patients who will benefit. But the success of these technologies depends on whether they can be integrated into a health system that has historically focused on treating diseases after symptoms have intensified, usually based on the assumption that every patient taking a given medication will respond to the treatment in a similar way.

During this session, Section 32 Managing Partner Michael J. Pellini, M.D., M.B.A., will moderate a discussion between industry representatives and a payer about the value proposition and outlook for disruptive technologies that are designed to support more informed disease prevention and treatment plans. The conversation will focus on how developments in areas including but not limited to artificial intelligence, data analytics, genomic sequencing, liquid biopsies, and proteomics may impact the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.
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MODERATOR | Michael J. Pellini, M.D., Managing Partner, Section 32

Nancy Mendelsohn, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Special Needs Initiative, UnitedHealth Group

Joshua Ofman, M.D., Chief of Corporate Strategy and External Affairs, Grail

Eric Schadt, Ph.D., CEO, Sema4

Roy Smythe, M.D., CEO, SomaLogic

10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
11:15 a.m.
Developing Diagnostics — Opportunities and Challenges in Personalized Medicine: A Two-Part Discussion

Diagnostic test developers are working to make personalized medicine possible by giving physicians tools that help them select the optimal treatment for every patient. Doing so requires that they navigate a complex business and policy landscape while being mindful of the day-to-day needs of payers and health care providers.

In this context, Mark P. Stevenson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, will take 10 minutes to introduce this two-part discussion titled “Developing Diagnostics — Opportunities and Challenges in Personalized Medicine.”

INTRODUCTION | Mark P. Stevenson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Discussion Part 1
Developing Diagnostics — From Concept to the Clinic: Perspectives on the Landscape for Developing and Integrating Personalized Medicine Diagnostics into Health Systems

To kick off the “Developing Diagnostics” discussion, Moffitt Cancer Center’s DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute Medical Director Howard McLeod, Pharm.D., will moderate a conversation among leaders from the clinical, diagnostics, IT, and pharmaceutical communities about the landscape for developing and integrating personalized medicine diagnostics into health systems.
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MODERATOR | Howard McLeod, Pharm.D., Medical Director, DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center

Assaf Halevy, Founder, CEO, 2bPrecise

Kris Joshi, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, President, Network Solutions, Change Healthcare

Peter Maag, Ph.D., CEO, CareDx

Hakan Sakul, Ph.D., Vice President, Head of Diagnostics, Worldwide R & D and Medical, Pfizer

Kenna R. Mills Shaw, Ph.D., Executive Director, MD Anderson Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy

Discussion Part 2
Developing Diagnostics — The Role of Research: A Closer Look at Efforts to Encourage the Clinical Adoption of Personalized Medicine Diagnostics by Studying the Clinical and Economic Utility of Genomic Sequencing

During the second portion of the “Developing Diagnostics” session, a health care provider, a health economist, an industry leader, and a payer representative will join moderator and Personalized Medicine Coalition Senior Vice President for Science Policy Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., to examine the impact of emerging research on the clinical and economic utility of genomic sequencing for patients with diseases including but not limited to cancer and suspected rare diseases.

MODERATOR | Daryl Pritchard, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Science Policy, Personalized Medicine Coalition

Roy J. Gandolfi, M.D., Medical Director, SelectHealth

Lincoln Nadauld, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Precision Health, Intermountain Healthcare

Peter J. Neumann, Sc.D., Director, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center

Ammar Qadan, Vice President, Global Head of Market Access, Illumina

12:55 p.m.
Seated Luncheon
2:00 p.m.
Preparing Policies: A Keynote Address on the Policy Landscape for Personalized Medicine by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

During this keynote address, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who is now serving as Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, will share his thoughts on the evolving policy landscape for personalized medicine.
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SPEAKER Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

2:45 p.m.
The 15th Annual Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award

After accepting the 15th Annual Leadership in Personalized Medicine Award, Genomic Health Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Steven Shak will share his vision for the future of the field with conference attendees.
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AWARDEE | Steven Shak, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Genomic Health

3:15 p.m.
Networking Break
4:00 p.m.
Wellness in the Workplace: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges Associated With Employer-Sponsored Genetic Testing Programs for Healthy Patients

Reasoning that genetic testing may encourage healthy lifestyles by providing information about an employee’s relative risk of developing various diseases, employers seeking to improve patients’ lives and mitigate downstream health care costs have begun to sponsor genetic testing for healthy employees by partnering with various genetic testing companies, some of which sell the tests directly to consumers.

This session, moderated by Quest Diagnostics Chief Medical Officer Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., who is responsible for overseeing health care benefits for Quest’s employees, will spotlight two employer-sponsored genetic testing partnerships and explore the relevant issues. The panel discussion will focus on the significance of information generated from genetic testing, the differences between various genetic testing business models, and the privacy risks associated with the collection of genetic data.

MODERATOR | Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Quest Diagnostics

Jane Cheshire Gilbert, C.P.A., Director, Retiree Health Care, Teachers’ Retirement System of Kentucky

Karen E. Knudsen, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Oncology Services, Jefferson Health; Enterprise Director, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Othman Laraki, CEO, Color Genomics (invited)

Scott Megill, President, CEO, Coriell Life Sciences

5:00 p.m.
Overcoming Opioids: Considering the Potential of Personalized Medicine to Address the Opioid Crisis in the US

Emerging technologies present new opportunities to study the genetic, biological, and environmental factors that drive public health crises, with an eye toward developing personalized medicine health care strategies that can mitigate their devastating consequences.

To kick off this session, Dr. Avenel Joseph, Director of Policy and Oversight for the Office of Sen. Edward J. Markey, will define the larger context for the opioid crisis in Massachusetts and the rest of the country before Dr. Alissa M. Resch, Chief Scientific Officer, Coriell Institute for Medical Research, announces findings from Coriell’s ongoing effort to inform interventions that may help prevent opioid addiction by identifying with more precision which patients are most likely to develop dependency on this class of drugs.

INTRODUCTION | Avenel Joseph, Ph.D., Director of Policy and Oversight, Office of Sen. Edward J. Markey (invited)

SPEAKER | Alissa M. Resch, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Coriell Institute for Medical Research

5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

SPEAKER | Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., President, Personalized Medicine Coalition

6:15 p.m.
Welcome Reception at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

PART II

Targeting Treatment

8:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115

8:55 a.m.
Opening Remarks

SPEAKER | Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, Immatics US

9:00 a.m.
Going Global: Learning From Governmental Efforts to Advance Personalized Medicine Around the World

Global leaders are working to accelerate an era of personalized medicine around the world by encouraging innovation, modernizing policies, and reforming health systems to speed the clinical adoption of personalized medicine products and services.

During this panel discussion, four governmental representatives will share their visions for the future of personalized medicine and elaborate on their efforts to accelerate progress in the field.

MODERATOR | Antonio L. Andreu, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director, EATRIS (European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine)

Asmaa Ali J. F. Althani, Ph.D., Dean, College of Health Sciences, Qatar University; Chair, Qatar Genome Program Committee; Board Vice Chairperson, Qatar Biobank

Noella Bigirimana, Strategic Advisor, Rwanda Biomedical Center, Ministry of Health, Government of Rwanda

Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki, M.D., Ph.D., Director General, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Raquel Yotti, M.D., Ph.D., General Director, Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Spain)

10:00 a.m.
Innovation in the Era of Personalized Medicine: A Keynote Conversation With Dr. Paul Stoffels, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson

During this fireside chat with CNBC Reporter Meg Tirrell, Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels, M.D., will help frame the second half of the conference program by sharing the pharmaceutical industry’s perspective on the emerging issues in health care, touching on topics including costs, prices, and access.

MODERATOR | Meg Tirrell, Reporter, CNBC

Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson

10:30 a.m.
Networking Break
11:00 a.m.
Prospecting the Pipeline: Exploring the Implications of a Biopharmaceutical Pipeline Dominated by Personalized Treatments

As researchers develop an enhanced understanding of the molecular causes that underpin various diseases, many biopharmaceutical companies have begun to develop therapies that are targeted to patient subgroups and even personalized to individual patients. In oncology, for example, there are reportedly more than 900 personalized “immunotherapy” treatments being tested in the clinic, with more than 1,000 in preclinical development. The challenging scientific questions and systemic implications associated with these new therapies do not always fit neatly into existing regulatory, payment, and care delivery frameworks.

During this session, CNBC Reporter Meg Tirrell will moderate a panel discussion that explores the scientific, regulatory, reimbursement, and other systemic issues associated with future gene editing treatments, gene therapies, immunotherapies, and targeted therapies. The panelists, who include an industry representative, a government payer, a researcher, and an academic leader, will also consider a new approach to immunotherapy for cancer patients in which a unique product is developed for every patient treated.

MODERATOR | Meg Tirrell, Reporter, CNBC

George Poste, Ph.D., D.Sc., Director, Complex Adaptive Systems, Arizona State University

Tamara Syrek Jensen, J.D., Director, Coverage and Analysis Group, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (invited)

Harpreet Singh, Ph.D., CEO, Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH

Alex Vadas, Ph.D., Managing Director, Partner, LEK Consulting

12:00 p.m.
Bag Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Harvard Business School Case Study: Dementia Discovery Fund

This interactive case study discussion will explore how and why a group of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies came together to support the Dementia Discovery Fund, focusing on whether a disease-specific venture that seeks to create meaningful new medicines in part by capitalizing on the evolving science underpinning personalized medicine can successfully balance social and business objectives.

MODERATOR | Richard Hamermesh, D.B.A., Co-Faculty Chair, Harvard Business School Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator

2:00 p.m.
Toward a Shared Value Proposition in Health Care: Pursuing Value-Based Solutions in Research, Regulation, Reimbursement, and Clinical Adoption

To advance the principles of personalized medicine, the field’s proponents will need to align representatives from multiple sectors of the health system on a shared value proposition that recognizes the importance of addressing the shortcomings of one-size-fits-all medicine.

During this session, M2Gen Executive Chairman William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., will convene a commercial payer, an industry representative, a patient, and a value assessment framework developer to explore research, regulatory, clinical adoption, and especially reimbursement solutions that will, in the interest of patients, advance the principles of personalized medicine.

MODERATOR | William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., Executive Chairman, M2Gen

Bonnie J. Addario, Co-Founder, Chair, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Sarah K. Emond, M.P.P., Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

Anne-Marie Martin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Head of Precision Medicine, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Michael Sherman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

3:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

SPEAKER | Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., President, Personalized Medicine Coalition

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Charles River Laboratories – World Congress, Delivering Therapies to the Clinic Faster, September 23 – 24, 2019, 25 Edwin H. Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA

 

https://events.criver.com/event/9eab0ee1-982e-42c6-a4cd-fb43f9f2f1d0/confirmation:7c68cf9b-c599-469e-b602-42178c77e4f9

 

ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group will cover this event in Real Time for pharmaceuticalintelligence.com 

Confirmation Number: 8ZNCBYNGHCK

In attendance generating in realtime event’s eProceeding and social media coverage by

 

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Director & Founder

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group, Boston

Editor-in-Chief

http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com 

e-Mail: avivalev-ari@alum.berkeley.edu

(M) 617-775-0451

https://cal.berkeley.edu/AvivaLev-Ari,PhD,RN

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Join us this year as we explore novel approaches to drug development that effectively reduce program timelines and accelerate delivery to the clinic. Using a variety of case studies, our speakers will illustrate methods that successfully cut time to market and highlight how artificial intelligence and genomics are expediting target discovery and drug development. In an agenda that includes presentations, panel discussions, and short technology demonstrations, you will learn how the latest science and regulatory strategies are helping us get drugs to patients faster than ever.

AGENDA

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eProceedings for BIO 2019 International Convention, June 3-6, 2019 Philadelphia Convention Center; Philadelphia PA, Real Time Coverage by Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

 

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Real Time Coverage of BIO 2019 International Convention, June 3-6, 2019 Philadelphia Convention Center; Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/05/31/real-time-coverage-of-bio-international-convention-june-3-6-2019-philadelphia-convention-center-philadelphia-pa/

 

LECTURES & PANELS

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Realizing Precision Medicine One Patient at a Time, 6/5/2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/05/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-machine-learning-and-artificial-intelligence-realizing-precision-medicine-one-patient-at-a-time/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Genome Editing and Regulatory Harmonization: Progress and Challenges, 6/5/2019. Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/05/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-genome-editing-and-regulatory-harmonization-progress-and-challenges/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Precision Medicine Beyond Oncology June 5, 2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J Williams PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/05/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-precision-medicine-beyond-oncology-june-5-philadelphia-pa/

 

Real Time @BIOConvention #BIO2019:#Bitcoin Your Data! From Trusted Pharma Silos to Trustless Community-Owned Blockchain-Based Precision Medicine Data Trials, 6/5/2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/05/real-time-bioconvention-bio2019bitcoin-your-data-from-trusted-pharma-silos-to-trustless-community-owned-blockchain-based-precision-medicine-data-trials/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Keynote Address Jamie Dimon CEO @jpmorgan June 5, 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/05/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-keynote-address-jamie-dimon-ceo-jpmorgan-june-5-philadelphia/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Chat with @FDA Commissioner, & Challenges in Biotech & Gene Therapy June 4, 2019, Philadelphia, PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/04/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-chat-with-fda-commissioner-challenges-in-biotech-gene-therapy-june-4-philadelphia/

 

Falling in Love with Science: Championing Science for Everyone, Everywhere June 4 2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/04/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-falling-in-love-with-science-championing-science-for-everyone-everywhere/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: June 4 Morning Sessions; Global Biotech Investment & Public-Private Partnerships, 6/4/2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J Williams PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/04/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-june-4-morning-sessions-global-biotech-investment-public-private-partnerships/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Understanding the Voices of Patients: Unique Perspectives on Healthcare; June 4, 2019, 11:00 AM, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/04/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-understanding-the-voices-of-patients-unique-perspectives-on-healthcare-june-4/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Keynote: Siddhartha Mukherjee, Oncologist and Pulitzer Author; June 4 2019, 9AM, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD. @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/04/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-keynote-siddhartha-mukherjee-oncologist-and-pulitzer-author-june-4-9am-philadelphia-pa/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019:  Issues of Risk and Reproduceability in Translational and Academic Collaboration; 2:30-4:00 June 3, 2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/03/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-issues-of-risk-and-reproduceability-in-translational-and-academic-collaboration-230-400-june-3-philadelphia-pareal-time-coverage-bioconvention-bi/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: What’s Next: The Landscape of Innovation in 2019 and Beyond. 3-4 PM June 3, 2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/03/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-whats-next-the-landscape-of-innovation-in-2019-and-beyond-3-4-pm-june-3-philadelphia-pa/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: After Trump’s Drug Pricing Blueprint: What Happens Next? A View from Washington; June 3, 2019 1:00 PM, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/03/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-after-trumps-drug-pricing-blueprint-what-happens-next-a-view-from-washington-june-3-2019-100-pm-philadelphia-pa/

 

Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: International Cancer Clusters Showcase June 3, 2019, Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams PhD @StephenJWillia2

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/06/03/real-time-coverage-bioconvention-bio2019-international-cancer-clusters-showcase-june-3-philadelphia-pa/

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Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence: Realizing Precision Medicine One Patient at a Time

Reporter: Stephen J Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

The impact of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) during the last decade has been tremendous. With the rise of infobesity, ML/AI is evolving to an essential capability to help mine the sheer volume of patient genomics, omics, sensor/wearables and real-world data, and unravel the knot of healthcare’s most complex questions.

Despite the advancements in technology, organizations struggle to prioritize and implement ML/AI to achieve the anticipated value, whilst managing the disruption that comes with it. In this session, panelists will discuss ML/AI implementation and adoption strategies that work. Panelists will draw upon their experiences as they share their success stories, discuss how to implement digital diagnostics, track disease progression and treatment, and increase commercial value and ROI compared against traditional approaches.

  • most of trials which are done are still in training AI/ML algorithms with training data sets.  The best results however have been about 80% accuracy in training sets.  Needs to improve
  • All data sets can be biased.  For example a professor was looking at heartrate using a IR detector on a wearable but it wound up that different types of skin would generate a different signal to the detector so training sets maybe population biases (you are getting data from one group)
  • clinical grade equipment actually haven’t been trained on a large set like commercial versions of wearables, Commercial grade is tested on a larger study population.  This can affect the AI/ML algorithms.
  • Regulations:  The regulatory bodies responsible is up to debate.  Whether FDA or FTC is responsible for AI/ML in healtcare and healthcare tech and IT is not fully decided yet.  We don’t have the guidances for these new technologies
  • some rules: never use your own encryption always use industry standards especially when getting personal data from wearables.  One hospital corrupted their system because their computer system was not up to date and could not protect against a virus transmitted by a wearable.
  • pharma companies understand they need to increase value of their products so very interested in how AI/ML can be used.

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Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Genome Editing and Regulatory Harmonization: Progress and Challenges

Reporter: Stephen J Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

 

Genome editing offers the potential of new and effective treatments for genetic diseases. As companies work to develop these treatments, regulators are focused on ensuring that any such products meet applicable safety and efficacy requirements. This panel will discuss how European Union and United States regulators are approaching therapeutic use of genome editing, issues in harmonization between these two – and other – jurisdictions, challenges faced by industry as regulatory positions evolve, and steps that organizations and companies can take to facilitate approval and continued efforts at harmonization.

 

CBER:  because of the nature of these gene therapies, which are mainly orphan, there is expedited review.  Since they started this division in 2015, they have received over 1500 applications.

Spark: Most of the issues were issues with the primary disease not the gene therapy so they had to make new endpoint tests so had talks with FDA before they entered phase III.   There has been great collaboration with FDA,  now they partnered with Novartis to get approval outside US.  You should be willing to partner with EU pharmas to expedite the regulatory process outside US.  In China the process is new and Brazil is behind on their gene therapy guidance.  However there is the new issue of repeat testing of your manufacturing process, as manufacturing of gene therapies had been small scale before. However he notes that problems with expedited review is tough because you don’t have alot of time to get data together.  They were lucky that they had already done a randomized trial.

Sidley Austin:  EU regulatory you make application with advance therapy you don’t have a national option, the regulation body assesses a committee to see if has applicability. Then it goes to a safety committee.  EU has been quicker to approve these advance therapies. Twenty five percent of their applications are gene therapies.  Companies having issues with manufacturing.  There can be issues when the final application is formalized after discussions as problems may arise between discussions, preliminary applications, and final applications.

Sarepta: They have a robust gene therapy program.  Their lead is a therapy for DMD (Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy) where affected males die by 25. Japan and EU have different regulatory applications and although they are similar and data can be transferred there is more paperwork required by EU.  The US uses an IND for application. Global feedback is very challenging, they have had multiple meetings around the world and takes a long time preparing a briefing package….. putting a strain on the small biotechs.  No company wants to be either just EU centric or US centric they just want to get out to market as fast as possible.

 

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Real Time @BIOConvention #BIO2019:#Bitcoin Your Data! From Trusted Pharma Silos to Trustless Community-Owned Blockchain-Based Precision Medicine Data Trials

Reporter: Stephen J Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2
Speakers

As care for lifestyle-driven chronic diseases expands in scope, prevention and recovery are becoming the new areas of focus. Building a precision medicine foundation that will promote ownership of individuals’ health data and allow for sharing and trading of this data could prove a great blockchain.

At its core, blockchain may offer the potential of a shared platform that decentralizes healthcare interactions ensuring access control, authenticity and integrity, while presenting the industry with radical possibilities for value-based care and reimbursement models. Panelists will explore these new discoveries as well as look to answer lingering questions, such as: are we off to a “trustless” information model underpinned by Bitcoin cryptocurrency, where no central authority validates the transactions in the ledger, and anyone whose computers can do the required math can join to mine and add blocks to your data? Would smart contracts begin to incentivize “rational” behaviors where consumers respond in a manner that makes their data interesting?

Moderator:  Cybersecurity is extremely important in the minds of healthcare CEOs.  CEO of Kaiser Permenente has listed this as one of main concerns for his company.

Sanjeey of Singularity: There are Very few companies in this space.  Singularity have collected thousands of patient data.  They wanted to do predictive health care, where a patient will know beforehand what health problems and issues to expect.  Created a program called Virtual Assistant. As data is dynamic, the goal was to provide Virtual Assistant to everyone.

Benefits of blockchain: secure, simple to update, decentralized data; patient can control their own data, who sees it and monetize it.

Nebular Genetics: Company was founded by Dr. George Church, who had pioneered the next generation sequencing (NGS) methodology.  The company goal is to make genomics available to all but this currently is not the case as NGS is not being used as frequently.

The problem is a data problem:

  • data not organized
  • data too parsed
  • data not accessible

Blockchain may be able to alleviate the accessibiltiy problem.  Pharma is very interested in the data but expensive to collect.  In addition many companies just do large scale but low depth sequencing.  For example 23andme (which had recently made a big deal with Lilly for data) only sequences about 1% of genome.

There are two types of genome sequencing companies

  1.  large scale and low depth – like 23andme
  2. smaller scale but higher depth – like DECODE and some of the EU EXOME sequencing efforts like the 1000 Project

Simply Vital Health: Harnesses blockchain to combat ineffeciencies in hospital records. They tackle the costs after acute care so increase the value based care.  Most of healthcare is concentrated on the top earners and little is concentrated on the majority less affluent and poor.  On addressing HIPAA compliance issues: they decided to work with HIPAA and comply but will wait for this industry to catch up so the industry as a whole can lobby to affect policy change required for blockchain technology to work efficiently in this arena.  They will only work with known vendors: VERY Important to know where the data is kept and who are controlling the servers you are using.  With other blockchain like Etherium or Bitcoin, the servers are anonymous.

Encrypgen: generates new blockchain for genomic data and NGS companies.

 

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Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Keynote Address Jamie Dimon CEO @jpmorgan June 5 Philadelphia

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD @StephenJWillia2

 

  • Dr Janet Woodcock from FDA was given the BIO Heritage award for leading the FDA from safety focus of 90s to the Voice of the Patient. She became a champion for advocacy groups
  • Governor Phil Murphy, Governor of New Jersey, received the Governor of the Year Award.  New Jersey known as medicine chest of the world, have first 3D printed drug on market and number two in biotech and number one on drug approvals.  We must do more to foster stem education.  It will take private and public capital investment.  New Jersey matches federal dollars and had doubled the angel investor tax credit.
  • Dr. Kakkis CEO of Ultragenix wins the Genzyme Henri Termeer Award for visionary work.  Dr. Termeer recently passed.  Dr. Kakkis is awarded for work with patients of rare diseases and help formulating legislation to help patients with rare disease have access to investigational drugs quickly.
  • Dr. Jeremy Levin from OVID named new chair of BIO

Interview with Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan

  • Mr Dimon had recently survived throat cancer and now has a renewed dedication to improving people’s lives.  With Amazon had embarked on a nonprofit experimental model to streamline healthcare for their employees.  He said the hardest part of going through cancer was telling his parents and children.
  • On the bailout he said it was a lie all banks needed TARP but could not just give to some and not all.  He says the financial system in US is very solid so next downturn will not come from financial sector and never is from geopolitical but trade issues could be a catalyst. Policy usually always does the opposite of what is intended.  He announced no intention of running for President of US.
  • We need to keep a growth agenda which includes education and infrastructure, without these competitive business tax relief does no account for much.  We need a better conversation of how government handles finances
  • Immigration, education very important.  Higher education needs to reduce costs and incentivize the people they bring in to stay here.
  • on healthcare:  JPM had reduced the deductables to zero for workers making $60,000 or less

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