ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Turning big data into growth

Your organization wants to benefit from the big data revolution? You are looking to use Europe’s free bioinformatics resources in your company's R&D processes? You want to know about how your company can benefit from Swiss world-class bioinformatics for the life sciences?

ELIXIR Switzerland

Come to the ELIXIR Innovation and SME forum to learn how ELIXIR’s bioinformatics services and resources can help you. The forum will provide the opportunity to introduce you to some of the tools, data resources and services, allowing you to integrate these resources into your businesses planning.

Date: Tuesday 9. June at the [BC]2 conference

Programme - Data-driven innovation in the pharma and biotech industries

Moderator: Vanya Loroch, science education professional

8:30-9:00 Registration and welcome coffee  
9:00-10:00 Keynote lecture (room Montreal) Christian von Mering
University of Zurich & SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland
10:00-10:10 Welcome and purpose of meeting (room Sydney) Torsten Schwede
Biozentrum University of Basel & SIB, [BC]2 Conference series chair
10:10-10:30 Introduction to ELIXIR Andy Smith
10:30-11:00 Presentation of SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics Ron Appel
Executive Director SIB
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break  

Session 1: SIB resources for industry

  Lightning talks from SIB group leaders on their bioinformatics expertise serving the life science industry  

Vanya Loroch


Vital-IT and Swiss-Prot: from knowledge representation to big data analytics

Ioannis Xenarios
Group Leader SwissProt and Vital-IT

nextProt: a new API and SPARQL-based search engine, their application to industry research needs

Amos Bairoch
Group Leader CALIPHO
  Bgee database of gene expression Marc Robinson Rechavi
Group Leader Evolutionary Bioinformatics Group

Clinical Bioinformatics: from sequences to therapies

Niko Beerenwinkel
Group Leader Computational Biology Group
  Tools and resources to interpret disease-relevant genetic variation Manolis Dermitzakis
Group Leader Genomics of Complex Traits Group

SWISS-MODEL – automated modelling of 3-dimensional protein structures and complexes

Torsten Schwede
Group Leader Computational Structural Biology

Drug design, protein engineering and melanoma genomics

Vincent Zoete
Group Leader Molecular Modeling

Bioinformatics Core Facility – BCF

Frédéric Schütz
Bioinformatics Core Facility
13:00-14:00 Lunch break  
14:00-15:00 Session 2: Genomic resources for industry  

The European Genome Phenome Archive: a distributed resource for human research data

Roderic Guigó
Center for Genomic Regulations, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  IMGT®, the international ImMunoGeneTics information system® Sofia Kossida
University of Montpellier & IMGT, France
15:00-16:00 Session 3: Industry/academia collaboration  

Structure-guided engineering of an enzyme for production of novel conjugate vaccines in bacteria.

Michael Kowarik
Head of Research, BSO, GlycoVaxyn AG
  Genomics, transcriptomics and engineered CHO cell libraries driving Research Cell Bank generation of difficult-to-express proteins. Igor Fisch
President and CEO, Selexis
16:00-16:30 Break  
16:30-17:30 Session 4: The view from industry  
  Data challenges and opportunities: an SME perspective Jerome Wojcik
Founder and CEO of Quartz Bio
  The eTOX consortium: of the art of sharing the “unsharable” François Pognan
Executive Director - Biochemical & Translational Safety, Novartis Pharma
17:30-18:00 Summary and Conclusions Vanya Loroch
18:00-20:00 ELIXIR Networking Apero