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The Festival of Genomics and Biodata 2022

Christmas is over but the festivities have only just begun! So, grab your favourite cushion and a coffee because the Festival of Genomics and Biodata 2022 is being brought to you digitally between Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th January. This four-day event – that is being held digitally and on-demand – will showcase the amazing innovations and significant developments across the field.

Over 200 confirmed speakers will be presenting ground-breaking research and discussing both the achievements and future plans within the genomics and biodata space. With over 7,000 global attendees, you will be able to interact with individuals around the world as well as hear from key leaders in the field.

As always, the Festival is free to attend for over 95% of our audience. And if that isn’t enough to win you over, check out some of the exciting speakers and events going on below!

Look who’s talking

Below are just some of the amazing speakers who are joining us this year:

  • We have some amazing keynotes including Paul Workman (Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Former Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Cancer Research), Stephanie Devaney (Chief Operating Officer, All of Us Programme, NIH), Heidi Rehm (Chief Genomics Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital), Tony Wood (SVP, Medicinal Science & Technology, GSK), Professor Dame Sue Hill (Chief Scientific Officer for England and Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics, NHS England and NHS Improvement), Sir Patrick Vallance (Government Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Government) and Eric Green (Director, NHGRI)
  • What’s going on in the field of drug discovery? We have talks focussed on how omics is driving drug discovery efforts.
  • We also have updates on some of the latest therapy developments from oligonucleotide therapy to RNAi therapeutics.
  • Up in the clouds! Check out our dedicated talks on the use of cloud computing services and their value in data collaboration.
  • It’s only fair that we include some talks on FAIR. Join us for some great talks on FAIR data principles and equitable data in pharma R&D.
  • We also have an exciting panel on what the future of healthcare databanks will look like with Michael Chapman (Director of Research and Clinical Trials, NHS Digital), Naomi Allen (Chief Scientist, UK Biobank) and Kirsty Irvine (Chair, Independent Group Advising (NHS Digital) on Release of Data (IGARD)).
  • Love AI? Well, Paul Agapow (Statistics and Data Science Innovation Hub, GSK) will be joining us to talk about how we can move beyond proof of concept for biomedical AI. Sammy Sambu (Associate Director AI Solutions, UCB) will also be exploring how we can build trust in AI.
  • We also have other talks on big data, RWE and data-driven policies.
  • How can you increase success rates in drug discovery? Listen to Erik Ingellsson (Senior Vice President of Human Genetics and Computational Biology, GSK) discuss increasing success rates and how to uncover new opportunities in drug discovery.
  • We also have a few sessions discussing pharmacogenomics and the implementation of polygenic risk scores.
  • Priscilla Pemu (Professor, Vice Chair (Research) Department of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine) and Latrice Landry (Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School) will discuss the importance of increasing diversity in clinical research.

What’s going on?

  • Attend from anywhere – The entire Festival agenda will be available digitally and on-demand for two weeks following the event.
  • If you loved it last year, wait until you see it this year! Yes, Talkaoke is back. With themed discussions and engaging, free-flowing conversations, you won’t want to miss it!
  • Hear more about some of the latest innovations and technology from the companies taking them to market by attending the Live Lounge sessions or Lightning Talk presentations.
  • Network to your heart’s content! Use our dedicated platform to talk with other people who are also working in or are interested in the same area as you.
  • Another app for your smartphone – download the Festival app to watch the event on the go. Using this app, you can check out the agenda, build your own schedule and network with other attendees from around the world.
  • A jam-packed agenda with lots more session for you biodata lovers – from the use of genomics to fuel drug discovery efforts to everyone’s favourite FAIR disciplines.

For more information and to see if you’re eligible for a free ticket, please visit the Festival website here.

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