The day started off with a presentation by Dr Michael Rappa (Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics) on what makes for high-performing data science teams. One of his key messages was that data science teams require way more than pure technical skills. He shared methods, how he teaches students in his institute the importance of project management and the structural understanding of problems in real-world settings.

Jeff Elton (Managing Director, Global Life Sciences Management Consulting, Predictive Health Intelligence, Accenture) examined the shifts occurring in this new era of healthcare. He shared where healthcare is shifting, inevitably, to being value-centric due to increased analytical insight and medical evidence. Several examples showed that already, today, digital medical solutions using predictive methods provide alternative approaches to healthcare problems.

John Leveille (CEO, d-Wise) outlined a future, modern computing platform for clinical research. He provided his thoughts about the major challenges of our life sciences industry and how connected data with context could help solve some of them. Examples from Google Maps showed an example for a natural interface using complex predictive and adaptive methods on huge real-time databases.

Last but not least, James McDermott (Director, Achieve Intelligence) looked at data scientists’ need to adapt to meet the needs of data-driven science. Jim shared his view on database models currently used by our industry and how we could benefit from looking at other industries which use a conformed data model.

All presentations provoked a lot of conceptual thoughts and discussions about the disruptive impact caused by today’s available technology. The day was rounded off with a cocktail hour, in which speakers and attendees were able to continue their lively discussions.  

Based on the success of our first Executive Summit, PhUSE is considering hosting a similar event for CRO leaders later in 2018, details of which will be published in due course.