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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Aishwarya Balajee - Keeping up with the Data Model

 We will be planning a September BAGIM in-person event with Zifo. We welcome Aishwarya Balajee with the presentation Keeping up with the Data Model.

Registration to open on Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Details of event will be posted in the next few weeks

Date: September 27, 2023
Location: CIC Cambridge, 245 Main St, Cambridge, MA
Mixer and Presentation: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Welcome, Introductions, Presentation, Q&A, Conversation

Host: BAGIM & Zifo
Speaker: Aishwarya Balajee
The Science behind the drug discovery and development landscape has evolved over the past decades. Along with this, the data and technology ecosystem surrounding it has seen an evolution. From in-vitro to in-vivo to genomics to multiomics – Data has come a long way, aiding in important insight generation. The Data remains as the backbone and core to the research.

Take for example, a house - it is built following a blueprint, and this blueprint can be reused to build more such houses. In a laboratory scenario, when it comes to procedures or experiments, most scientists and research laboratories have their own set of protocols that are followed. When a process has a standard template/structure, why not the data that’s being generated? What is the equivalent of the blueprint in the data world? It is the data model.

If we want to answer questions of the future, we need to make our Data model adaptable to it. We often see Data consumers today, are running into challenges when trying to find data to answer questions that were once not anticipated – Data that is not collected, data that is collected but stored in inappropriate formats, data that is missing or not identifiable etc. While data producers are often racing against time trying to find that one molecule or target. In a quest to keep up with technological advances, data was captured at massive rates, but structure and governance surrounding it, was often overlooked mainly due to the ever-changing dynamic of said technologies. Futuristic data models have the responsibility now to be framed in a way they can stand the test of time allowing for inferences to be drawn from data, regardless of the technology.

In this talk, we want to discuss the topic of keeping up with the fundamental data model changes. We would like to discuss solutions to keep the underlying Data model “living and adaptable” to future questions we want the data to answer.

Speaker Bio

Head of Digital Services, Zifo, North America
With a background in Biomedical engineering, Aishwarya spent the last 10 + years enabling various Biopharma customers accelerate Science. She is passionate about solving challenges in the intersection of Science, Technology and Data. She currently heads the Digital Services division in North America, helping customers define Digital transformation strategy, Data architecture and enabling Lab data automation.

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