BAGIM is an active community of Boston area scientists bringing together people from diverse fields of modeling and informatics to impact life and health sciences. BAGIM strives to create a forum for great scientific discussions covering a wide range of topics including data management, visualization, computational chemistry, drug discovery, protein structure, molecular modeling, structure-based drug design, data mining, software tools, and the sharing of goals and experiences. Our community is made up of participants from academia, government, and industry whose goal is to engage in the discussion of science involving a synthesis of theory and technology. Discussions sponsored by BAGIM are targeted to the needs and interests of informatics scientists, computational chemists, medicinal chemists, and statisticians. BAGIM also provides opportunities for networking within these disciplines as well as an arena for the dissemination of information of specific interest to the membership.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

BAGIM Event: Dr. John Conway & panel discussion on Cloud Computing Tuesday 2/7, at Vertex

Dr. John Conway of LabAnswer will present a lecture concerning cloud computing strategies for discovery research starting at 6pmon Tuesday, February 7th in the 9th floor multipurpose room of building 1 at Vertex Pharmaceuticals at 50 Northern Avenue, Boston. A panel discussion with Q/A on cloud computing will follow with Chris Waller from Merck, Dave Johnson from Moderna, and Steve Litster from Novartis. Networking will follow at approximately 7:30pm, more details TBD. 

Please RSVP  with your real first and last names to speed the sign in process at Vertex. You will find additional information there about the contents of the presentation.

Abstract: Many discovery research organizations struggle with their research informatics environments. Startups and new ventures may have these problems for reasons different than more established discovery research organizations. One observation for startups is the lack of resources or time to focus on strategic thinking and planning because researchers and supporting IT are consumed by tactical priorities and decisions. Defining criteria for decision making and future direction is imperative to a solid scientific data strategy and now with the cloud as an option; an infrastructure strategy. Newer organizations might choose a strict cloud environment where more established organizations will start to migrate towards cloud and will most likely result in a hybrid (on-premise/cloud) environment. From a scientific software vendor perspective, multi-tenant cloud solutions/platforms have the ability to solve and reduce many costly processes, interactions, and problems. From a client perspective, the cloud affords the opportunities of plug and play, reduced internal IT footprint, more efficient collaboration and faster adoption. This BAGIM event is to discuss and generate observations in the discovery research industry with respects to cloud informatics and computational approaches and solutions and to generate a report for the BAGIM community based on the resulting observations and discussions. Topics to be discussed include adoption, implementation, successes, failure, and the future.

BAGIM is sponsored by Dassault Systemes, DNASTAR, LabAnswer, Schrodinger, Silicon Therapeutics, Acellera, Acpharis, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Chemical Computing Group, Cresset, Cyrus Biotechnology, Dotmatics, Optibrium, Team Arrayo, and Scilligence

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