The Practical Application of Artificial Intelligence in
Drug Discovery & Development
A Scientific Conference & Networking
Reception, Hosted by Amgen

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Amgen Massachusetts Auditorium
360 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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8:00 a.m.
Arrival/Sign In
8:45 a.m.
Welcome/Opening Remarks
Aine Hanly/Patrick Dey, Amgen
Morning Session
9:00 a.m.
Keynote Address: Bringing Machine Learning Models into Pharma; Lessons Learned
Regina Barzilay, MIT
9:45 a.m.
The Use of Matched Molecular Series (MMS) SAR Networks for QSAR Prediction and Design
Christopher Keefer, Pfizer
10:15 a.m.
Learning to Plan and Validate Chemical Syntheses from Historical Reaction Data
Connor Coley, MIT
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
Accelerating Drug Discovery Through the Power of Microscopy Images
Anne Carpenter, Broad Institute
11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion
Morning Speakers/Moderator
12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session 
1:00 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence for Pathology: From Discovery to AI-Powered Companion Diagnostics
Andrew Beck, PathAI
1:30 p.m.
From SVM to Multitask DNN: Predicting Compound Activities for Virtual Screening and Target Identification
Thibault Varin, Eli Lilly
2:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
AI Empowered Drug Discovery: From Virtual Screen to Drug ADME Property Prediction
Jie Fan, Accutar Biotech
2:45 p.m.
The nference Platform for Data Sciences
Venky Soundararajan, nference
3:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Afternoon Speakers/Moderator
3:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Patrick Dey, Amgen
4:00 p.m.
Networking Reception until 6:00 p.m.
Amgen Lobby

About the Speakers

Regina Barzilay
Regina Barzilay is a Delta Electronics professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Andrew Beck
Andy earned his MD from Brown Medical School and completed residency and fellowship training in Anatomic Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology from Stanford University.


Anne Carpenter
Dr. Carpenter is an Institute Scientist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Her research group develops algorithms and strategies for large-scale experiments involving images. The team’s open-source CellProfiler software is used by thousands of biologists worldwide (


Connor Coley
Connor W. Coley received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT. He is the recipient of MIT’s Robert T. Haslam Presidential Graduate Fellowship and is currently a final-year Ph.D.


Patrick Dey
Patrick Dey is the Vice President of Digital Health and Innovation at Amgen, the world’s largest Biotechnology company located in Thousand Oaks, CA. He is responsible for shaping and advancing Amgen’s Global Digital Health and Data strategy and delivering cross-functional “beyond the molecule” initiatives that extend Digital Health capabilities to maximize the patient experience with Amgen’s therapies.


Jie Fan
Dr. Fan was trained at UC, Berkeley in Biostatistics and obtained his Doctor degree from Cornell/Sloan-Kettering in Structural Biology/Immunology. He was further trained by Dr. Günter Blobel at Rockefeller University.


Christopher Keefer
Christopher Keefer leads the computational ADMET group at Pfizer where he has been for 10 years. Prior to that, he was the head of the Cheminformatics Group at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP, NC. Chris holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and a Certificate in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida.


Venky Soundararajan
Venky Soundararajan is the Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of nference where he leads the development and translation of the nferX Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology platform. He is also the founding CSO of the biotechnology company Qrativ, which was established as a Joint Venture between the Mayo Clinic and nference.


Thibault Varin
Thibault Varin is a Senior Research Scientist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, supporting projects from hit identification to lead optimization. Prior to joining Lilly, Thibault completed post-doctoral studies at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, working on analysis of primary screening data under the supervision of Dr. Schuffenhauer.


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