PDUG and Cloud Computing in Life Sciences Event

Many of you will know that we host the Microsoft Pharmaceutical Deployment Users Group, a group of IT professionals that meet on the first Tuesday of every month.  We’ve had some great topics over the last 8 months (or so) that we’ve been doing this – and we’re looking forward to more!

We are particularly excited about this months meeting – focused on Cloud Computing in Life Sciences – but we’ve had to change the time and location in order to accommodate schedules of certain of the speakers.  We’re moving it to June 8th (instead of June 1st) and it will be held at the Hilton in Woodbridge, NJ (right across the street from the Microsoft offices).  We are asking that people pre-register – so here are additional details.  Please forward this link (and blog) to your friends so we get good attendance.

Microsoft Cloud Computing Perspectives for the Life Sciences Industry

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 8th , 2010 / 10:30am – 3:30pm ET

Location:  Hilton Woodbridge, 120 Wood Ave. South, Iselin, NJ 08830

Cost: This is a No Cost Event to Invited Guests. Lunch will also be served/

RSVP : to guarantee a spot RSVP to v-josyph@microsoft.com

(Send: Name, Title, Company, Phone)


9:30am – 10:30am Registration
10:30am – 10:45am Welcome
Ben Flock, Microsoft Health & Life Sciences Strategy Advisor
10:45am – 11:30am Overview of Microsoft Windows Azure Platform
Mark Eisenberg, Microsoft Azure Solution Specialist

· Discussion of Cloud deployment models, attributes and service definitions with mappings for Microsoft’s offerings within that context.

· Description and examples of appropriate workloads for cloud computing.

· Brief history of Microsoft’s experience and investment in cloud computing.

· Concludes with an introduction to the Windows Azure Platform architecture and components.

11:30am – 12:15pm Microsoft’s Point of View on Cloud Computing for the Life Sciences Industry
Mike Naimoli, U.S. Director, Microsoft Life Sciences

· Challenges facing today’s Life Sciences Company.

· How are Risks being shared throughout the industry.

· Cloud Computing as a Capability for New Business Processes and Dynamic Risk Sharing.

12:15pm – 1:00pm Lunch – Sponsored by Microsoft
1:00pm – 1:45pm Scientific Computing & Large Scale Data Mining

Processing large dataset and complex algorithms is a challenging and resource intensive process. These types of processes have been traditionally resolved by using very expensive Parallel and distributed systems. Now with the rise of Cloud computing and its advantages, we are finding ways to port the solutions for these processes to the inexpensive cloud.

· In this Session, Johnson & Johnson representatives will share their perspectives on grid computing capabilities in the cloud and results from a recently completed Windows Azure POC

1:45pm – 2:30pm Scientific Collaboration & Visualization
Sam Batterman, Life Sciences Solution Specialist, Microsoft

Microsoft’s platform gives a great balance between reach and rich. See what the graphics card can do to assist in the challenges around collaboration with other scientists and clinicians at distance and over time. Technologies such as Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), SilverLight (Cross Platform) and pure DirectX will be demonstrated and discussed. If you look at information in a visual way then this is the session for you. When combined with the planetary scale of compute and storage of Azure, you have an environment that can help turn the battle for new novel medicines and therapies to the side of the scientist.

2:30pm – 3:15pm Secure Information Exchange in the Cloud

In an industry where data and process collaboration needs cross traditional corporate firewall and into the Cloud, how can we do it securely and reliably in a scalable way? 

· GlaxoSmithKline leverages Cloud computing services for Mergers & Acquisition and Joint Venture scenarios that are repeatable and scalable to changing business demands. 

· Demonstrate solution built using Microsoft Cloud Platform services such as Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and Federated authentication/authorization services that bridge internal corporate identity services with external partner’s services. 

· Concludes with open discussion with our speakers on lessons learned.

3:15pm – 3:30pm Concluding Remarks

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