Bio-IT World Expo Announces 2014 Keynote Speakers

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Pioneers and Visionaries in Genomics to Headline 13th Annual Conference

March 25, 2014 – Bio-IT World Expo, the premier event showcasing applications of IT and informatics to biomedical research and the drug discovery enterprise, today proudly announced its keynote speakers for its 13th annual conference and expo, to be held April 29-May 1 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. The annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, which unites more than 2,500 professionals from life sciences, pharmaceutical, clinical, healthcare and information technology from more than 30 countries, provides an ideal venue for professionals to share information and discuss enabling technologies that are driving biomedical research and the drug development process.

Headlining this year’s event is a lineup of five individuals whose research and application of genomics have established them as ground-breaking pioneers in their fields including: GenoSpace CEO John Quackenbush; Sage Bionetworks President, Co-Founder and Director Stephen H. Friend; Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Principal Investigator Yaniv Erlich; Interdisciplinary Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg; and Center for Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School Co-Director Isaac Samuel Kohane.
“We’re excited to have another formidable slate of keynote speakers for this year’s 13th annual conference,” said Cindy Crowninshield, RD, LDN, Conference Director for Bio-IT World. “Our keynotes and other presenters will provide compelling talks on new trends in data generation, knowledge management, and information technology in life sciences and drug development, including best practice case studies and joint partner presentations relevant to the technologies, research, and regulatory issues of life science, pharmaceutical, clinical and IT professionals.”

The schedule of plenary keynote presentations for the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo is as follows:

Tuesday, April 29, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Creating an Information Ecosystem for Personalized Genomic Medicine
Presented by: John Quackenbush, Ph.D., CEO, GenoSpace; Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health

Wednesday, April 30, 8:00 – 9:45 a.m.
NextGen Research: Enabling Distributed Teams of Experts and the Engaged Public to Solve Complex Biomedical Problems
Presented by: Stephen H. Friend, M.D., Ph.D., President, Co-Founder and Director of Sage Bionetworks

Thursday, May 1, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Crowd Genomics
Presented by: Yaniv Erlich, Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Whitehead Fellow, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Anonymity in the Genomic Age
Presented by: Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Artist, Ph.D. Student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Information Altruism versus Genomic Disinformation and the Premature Eulogies for Privacy
Presented by: Isaac Samuel Kohane, M.D., Ph.D., Henderson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Director, Countway Library of Medicine; Director, i2b2 National Center for Biomedical Computing; Co-Director, HMS Center for Biomedical Informatics.

More information about the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo is available on the Web at To register for the event, please visit

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Part of the Cambridge Healthtech Institute Media Group (, Bio-IT World provides outstanding coverage of cutting-edge trends and technologies that impact the management and analysis of life sciences data, including next-generation sequencing, drug discovery, predictive and systems biology, informatics tools, clinical trials, and personalized medicine. Through a variety of sources including,, Weekly Update Newsletter and the Bio-IT World News Bulletins, Bio-IT World is a leading source of news and opinion on technology and strategic innovation in the life sciences, including drug discovery and development.

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