2015 Annual Conference Information


Orion Bionetworks 2nd Annual Conference

Convergence through Complexity: Revamping Brain Research through Next-Generation Technologies

June 12, 2015  |  The Broad Institute  |  Cambridge, MA


“Steve Jobs told his biographer that he thinks the biggest innovation of the 21st Century will come from the intersection of biology and technology.”

The Convergence of Genomics, Patient-Powered Networks, High Performance Computing and Biosensors is creating an unprecedented opportunity to understand the Complexity of Brain Disease and find Cures!

Join us for Orion Bionetwork’s 2nd Annual Conference for an exploration of the Science, Hi-Tech, and Innovation that will drive a new era of Brain Disease solutions.

Our program will be a day of intimate discussion with the Industry, Foundation and Academic leaders who are paving the way through this new landscape.

We will also share how Orion Bionetworks is creating a hub for Integration of Knowledge, Investment and Infrastrucure, to enable Discovery and create a new sustainable pipeline of diagnostics & treatments to take forward in clinical testing. We are pioneering a new model of brain research so that we change the outlook of these devastating diseases!

8:00 AM Arrivals and Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome & Orion Bionetworks Roadmap
Magali Haas, CEO & President, Orion Bionetworks
9:10 AM Wisdom of the Crowd: Should we embrace a whole-brain approach?: Launching a National Brain Campaign
David Eichenbaum, President, Eichenbaum Strategies
9:20 AM Panel: Patient Matters – Busting the Diagnostic Silos
David Eichenbaum, President, Eichenbaum Strategies, (Moderator)
Robert McBurney, CEO, Accelerated Cure for MS
Catherine Jacobson, Epilepsy Advocate
Inez Jabalpurwala, CEO, Brain Canada
Heather Snyder, Director of Medical & Scientific Operations, Alzheimer’s Association
10:10 AM Keynote Talk – Research Forever Changed. How ResearchKit mobile applications work and can benefit brain research?
Pablo Arce, Y Media Labs
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM New-Tech: Biosensors & Biometrics for Brain Disease
Rudi Cartuyvels, Senior Vice President Smart Systems & Energy Technologies, IMEC
Giampaolo Brichetto, Coordinator of Research in Rehabilitation, Foundation of the Italian MS Society
12:00 PM Lunch
12:45 PM Panel: Precision Medicine: Where is the ‘Precision’?
Andreas Jeromin, CSO, Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc., (Moderator)
Diana Perkins, University of North Carolina, NAPLS Biomarkers Lead
Sid O’Bryant, Interm Director, Instiitute for Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Research, University of North Texas Health Science Center
1:45 PM Panel: Collective Capital: Knowledge Mapping & Discovery through Computational Systems Integration
Martin Hofmann-Apitius, Bonn, Head of Bioinformatics, Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing (SCAI)
Lee Lancashire, Senior Research Scientist – Bioinformatics, Thomson Reuters
Hugo Geerts, CSO, InSilico Biosciences
2:45 PM Networking Break
3:15 PM Panel Part II: Collective Capital: Knowledge Mapping & Discovery through Computational Systems Integration
Timothy Vaughan, PatientsLikeMe
Hamid R. Noori, Head, Research Group In Silico Pharmacology, Mannheim, Editor-in-Chief, In Silico Pharmacology
Keith Elliston, Consulting Scientific Director, Orion Bionetworks
4:45 PM Closing Remarks
Magali Haas, CEO & President, Orion Bionetworks
5:00 PM Cocktail Reception

orion-annualconference-pabloPablo Arce

Lead Program Manager, Y Media Labs
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orion-annualconference-giampaoloGiampaolo Brichetto, MD, PhD

Coordinator of Research in Rehabilitation, Foundation of Italian MS Society (FISM)
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Rudi Cartuyvels

Senior Vice President Smart Systems & Energy Technologies, IMEC
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David EichenbaumDavid Eichenbaum

Political Campaign Consultant
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Keith EllistonDr. Keith Elliston

CEO, TranSmart Foundation
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Hugo GeertsDr. Hugo Geerts

CSO, InSilico Biosciences
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martin-hofmann-apitiusDr. Martin Hofmann-Apitius

Head of Bioinformatics at Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithims and Scientific Computing
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orion-annualconference-inezInez Jabalpurwala

President and CEO of the Brain Canada Foundation
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orion-annualconference-inezCatherine Jacobson

Patient Advocate
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ajerominAndreas Jeromin

CSO, Iron Horse Diagnostics, Inc.
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orion-annualconference-lee-lancashireLee Lancashire

Senior Bioinformatics Scientist, Thomson Reuters
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Robert McBurney

CEO, Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis
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Hamid Noori
Hamid R. Noori, PhD

Head, Research Group In Silico Pharmacology, Central Institute for Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany, Editor-in-Chief, In Silico Pharmacology
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orion-annualconference-sid-obryantSid O’Bryant, PhD

Interim Director, Institute for Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Research
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Diana Perkins, MD, MPHDiana Perkins, MD, MPH

Professor at University of North Carolina, NAPLS Biomarkers Lead
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Heather SnyderHeather Snyder

Director, Medical & Scientific Operations, Alzheimer’s Association
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Timothy VaughanTimothy Vaughan

Director of Data Science, PatientsLikeMe
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Thomson Reuters

Supporting Partners



The event offers a platform for fostering new relationships and collaborations and will also be a venue for sharing the progress made by Orion Bionetworks and its Alliance Partners in the field of brain research.

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