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Data Driven Drugs: Predictive Models to Improve Product Quality in Pharmaceuticals

Sarah Aerni (Pivotal)
Sponsored Sessions Provincetown
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Like most of healthcare and life science, pharmaceutical companies are undergoing a data-driven transformation. The industry-wide need to reduce the cost of developing, manufacturing and distributing drugs while bringing to market new products is not a novel concept or challenge. However, the ability to process and analyze large amounts of data using cutting-edge massively parallel processing (MPP) technologies means innovation can be found not only in the traditional hypothesis-driven approaches we have come to expect. New technologies and approaches make it possible to incorporate all available data, structured and unstructured. At Pivotal, it is the goal of our data science practice to demonstrate the capabilities of the technologies we offer. We focus on building predictive models by combining the vast and variable data that is available to elicit action or generate insights. In our talk we will focus on a use case in pharmaceutical manufacturing, wherein we created a predictive model to produce more consistent, high-quality products and drive decisions to abandon lots with expected poor outcomes. In addition, we demonstrate how we used machine learning to cleanse data and to improve efficiencies in data collection by identifying low information-content measurements and incorporate under-utilized data sources in manufacturing. Beyond this use case, we will discuss our vision of using machine learning in all areas of the industry, from research through distribution, to drive change.

This session is sponsored by Pivotal

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Sarah Aerni


Sarah Aerni has a background in the field of Bioinformatics, developing tools to help biomedical researchers understand their data. She holds a B.S. In Biology with a specialization in Bioinformatics and minor in French Literature from UCSD, and an M.S. and Ph.D in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University. During her time as a researcher she focused her efforts on building computational models enabling research for a broad range of fields in biomedicine. She also co-founded a start-up providing informatics services to researchers and small companies. At Pivotal she works with customers in life science and healthcare building models to derive insight and business value from their data.

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