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BioScience Forum Presents

Guy Cavet, Ph.D.

Vice President Life Sciences

"Solving Life Science Problems Through Data Competitions"

guy cavet


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 6:00 PM  - 9:00 PM


The Holiday Inn

275 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, California 94080

The trend of fewer drugs being approved at increasing cost has continued for over a decade. Some of the most innovative emerging approaches to drug development are data intensive, such as genome-scale analysis, integrating diverse data sets in different formats, utilizing electronic medical records, and effective mining of both proprietary and published data. These approaches threaten to increase costs further. Development of new analytical tools and plans is necessary to analyze such vast quantities of complex and interrelated data points. Intelligent and innovative use of these data to advance precision medicine is a daunting challenge for any individual company or institution to undertake. In some cases, collaborative efforts to develop and validate analytical methodologies may be the best way to achieve successful results on a short timeline and with limited resources.
This talk will demonstrate how open competitions, challenges and game dynamics can be used to solve drug development and life sciences questions. Open challenges have been used to solve important problems for hundreds of years, from the measurement of longitude in the 17th century to the modern-day X Prize series. They are effective in part because they attract the attention of diverse problem solvers who bring different skills and knowledge to bear. The power of challenges is now greatly increased because of the global real-time communications enabled by the internet. This approach increases the likelihood of solving data analysis challenges by incentivizing the best scientists worldwide to compete and derive the best potential answers. This approach is very powerful, but the challenges of carefully handling sensitive business and patient data in a confidential fashion also require novel solutions.
Examples of competitions being used to effectively solve life sciences problems will be evaluated, such as using computational analyses to predict HIV progression and help select small molecule drug candidates most likely to be safe and effective. These examples will illustrate the broader potential for competitions to maximize the value of data and ultimately enable better medicine.

Guy is Kaggle's Vice President of Life Sciences. Kaggle solves challenging data analytics problems by harnessing competition dynamics. Guy's objective at Kaggle is to advance healthcare and biological sciences through predictive modeling. He has previously led teams in computational biology at organizations including Rosetta Inpharmatics, Genentech and Merck. Most recently he was Vice President of Informatics at Crescendo Bioscience. His areas of interest include genome analysis, drug target prioritization, diagnostics and software engineering. Guy has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Cambridge University.

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