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BioArbor January 2019
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When: January 8, 2019
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Ann Arbor SPARK Central Innovation Center
330 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48104
United States
Contact: Alisha Brown

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Potential for AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare and Life Sciences


Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. These buzzwords are the latest rage. But what do they really mean for the future of healthcare delivery and the life sciences industry? How are they being applied? What is the best way to manage the massive amounts of generated data? Can AI-enabled solutions replace humans? Will they realize better outcomes at lower cost and greater effectiveness, while keeping the patient’s interest paramount? Or is it just hype and hollow promise? Hear a spectrum of viewpoints and backgrounds.



 Erin O'Brien Kaleba, MPH, Director, Research Data Warehouse (RDW)/DataDirect & Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Michigan

Erin O’Brien Kaleba, MPH, serves as the Director of the Research Data Warehouse (RDW)/DataDirect and the Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research. The RDW and Data Office represent critical facilitators to advancing the University’s innovative and translational research by enabling self-serve access to clinical, genetic, sociodemographic data from across multiple secure platforms.  Erin works directly with investigators and academic departments to translate research data needs into technical solutions with an experienced team of database programmers and regulatory/data protection experts.  Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Erin directed research and quality efforts across a large network of federally-qualified community health centers (FQHCs) in Chicago.  Erin also served an instructor in the Masters of Medical Informatics program at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University.


 Steve Schwartz, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Genomenon

Steve is the founder of Alfa Jango, co-founder and CTO of Genomenon, co-founder and CTO of Carcode (acquired by in 2014), and developer of several open source projects amassing over 100 million downloads from around the world. Genomenon powers pharma and clinical genomics with Mastermind, the worlds most comprehensive source of genomic evidence.


 Ted Slater,Senior Director, Product Management, PaaS, Elsevier

Ted Slater is Senior Director, Product Management PaaS at Elsevier. Prior to joining Elsevier, he was Global Head of Scientific AI & Analytics (formerly Global Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences) at Cray, Inc. Mr. Slater is an expert in the application of knowledge- and semantics-based methods to pharmaceutical R&D, which has been his interest for more than 25 years. Over his career, Mr. Slater has held several positions in the field including Senior Director, Data Sciences at Thomson Reuters IP&S; CTO, OpenBEL Consortium at Selventa; Senior Director, Head of Knowledge Management Services at Merck Research Laboratories; and Vice President for Knowledge Engineering at Genstruct. 

Ted Slater was named in 2019 as one of the top 100 global leaders in artificial intelligence (AI) for health, according to a new report, Top 100 AI Leaders in Drug Discovery and Advanced Healthcare, developed by top technology think-tank, Deep Knowledge Analytics.


Mr. Slater completed his bachelor's degree with a double major in Biology and Chemistry at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He holds an M.A. in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Riverside, and an M.S. in Computer Science from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.



 Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO, MichBio

Dr. Rapundalo, has broad experience in the life sciences, with an extensive background in pharmaceutical research and development. Prior to joining MichBio in April 2006, he spent almost 20 years as a senior research scientist, project manager, and group leader with Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research and then Pfizer, Inc., primarily in the area of cardiovascular drug discovery. Dr. Rapundalo also led a global interdisciplinary team that developed a strategic, operational and organizational change management program to improve Pfizer’s worldwide R&D business processes. He has a strong background in innovation and is an internationally recognized expert in a number of technology areas including high-throughput screening and proteomics, among others.

Dr. Rapundalo has a superb record of scientific achievement with over 50 publications, book chapters, and monographs. He has served as a peer-reviewer for a variety of prominent scientific journals and national funding agencies. In addition, he continues to be active in a broad range of industry and governmental initiatives including intellectual property commercialization, talent recruitment and retention, science education and economic development. Dr. Rapundalo has been a community advocate and civic leader for almost 20 years and formerly served as an elected member of the City Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan.




BioArbor, an entirely volunteer run organization, hosts educational networking events for the life sciences industry in the greater Ann Arbor area. BioArbor events explore technology commercialization (product, device, and service), financing strategies, business development, regulatory affairs, marketing, and other topics useful to life science entrepreneurs.


Each event, held six times per year, features a networking session, invited speaker(s), and a post-presentation Q&A period. Invited speakers from both the national and local ecosystem share experience on topics such as drug discovery and development, medical devices, diagnostics, and tools.


BioArbor events are open to the public and are especially suited for those interested in starting or growing life science businesses.


BioArbor is generously sponsored by:



Creating Value
by delivering business-critical resources & bottom line savings
Building Networks
by connecting Michigan's bio-industry one member at a time
Growing Talent
by creating opportunities that develop people & build organizations
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