KEYNOTE 1: The Power of AI, Data Sciences, and Technology in Drug Development,
SPEAKERS: Venkat Sethuraman, Bristol Myers Squibb
MODERATOR: Ivan S. F. Chan


Pharmaceutical drug development is a complex and costly process that involves extensive research and development, clinical trials, and regulatory approval. In recent years, the power of AI, data sciences, and cutting-edge technology has revolutionized this process and opened up new possibilities for the pharmaceutical industry.

AI algorithms and machine learning have enabled researchers to analyze vast amounts of data and identify new drug targets and biomarkers. By using machine learning to analyze data from clinical trials, researchers can identify patient subgroups that are more likely to respond positively to a particular drug. This can help optimize clinical trial design, leading to faster and more efficient drug development. In addition to machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) has also been used in drug development. NLP algorithms can extract valuable insights from scientific literature and clinical trial data, helping researchers to accelerate clinical development process.

Radiomics imaging is a field of medical imaging that uses advanced algorithms to analyze images and extract quantitative features. These features can provide valuable insights into the underlying biology of diseases and help drug developers identify disease progression. By analyzing radiomics data from clinical trials, researchers can identify patient subgroups that are more likely to respond positively to a particular drug, allowing for faster and more efficient drug development.

The power of AI and other cutting-edge technologies in drug development is not limited to the laboratory. Digital health technologies are also being used to monitor patients in real-time and collect valuable data on drug efficacy and safety. This data can be used to optimize drug dosages and improve patient outcomes. Overall, the power of AI, data sciences, and cutting-edge technology is transforming the pharmaceutical industry and accelerating the pace of drug development. As these technologies continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, we can expect to see even more groundbreaking discoveries in the years ahead.

Instructors’ Biography:

Venkat Sethuraman, PhD, MBA
serves as the senior vice president of Global Biometrics and Data Sciences at Bristol Myers Squibb, where he is accountable for the biostatistics/quantitative support to Global Development and Medical organization. In addition, Venkat leads the Innovation Pillar for the Global Drug Development, developing the data and digital strategy by utilizing data science, advanced clinical trial solutions and robust digital tools to accelerate the pipeline. Venkat and his team are working at the forefront of how Bristol Myers Squibb is utilizing digital innovation to revolutionize drug development by harnessing the power of big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning approaches to power prediction from the earliest inception of our programs.

Prior to ZS, Venkat held various leadership roles at BMS, Novartis Oncology and GSK. Venkat has diverse research interests and consulting experience in industry that includes clinical trials design, innovative trial models, data science, and most recently, digital efforts in clinical research.

Venkat received a PhD in statistics from Temple University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Board of Association for Women in Science (AWIS) and has served on the board of the Biopharmaceutical Section of the American Statistical Association.


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