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BY-COVID industry event- Data driven innovation in infectious diseases

January 24, 13:00-15:00 CET

Organised by ISIDORe sister project to identify opportunities for data driven innovation in infectious diseases. The event is an opportunity to join a network of specialists and explore potential collaborations with the BY-COVID project.

​​This virtual event is organised under the EU project BeYond-COVID (BY-COVID), a project that aims to provide comprehensive open data on SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases across scientific, medical, public health and policy domains. Under this initiative, we are providing a virtual space for BY-COVID partners to engage with industry communities and ensure that we can find collaborative solutions for making COVID-19 and other infectious disease data available for innovation.

This webinar is the first of a series of events, and the audience will have the opportunity to hear about examples of public-private collaborations, introduce themselves and their innovative projects through flash talks.


13:00 – Introduction/Setting the scene (Kathi Lauer, Scientific Lead BY-COVID project)

13:10 – Session 1: Three examples of public-private collaborations (10 minutes each):

  1. Building collaboration in translational medicine infrastructures (David Morrow, Senior Scientific Programme Manager at EATRIS ERIC, Amsterdam, NL)
  2. BY- COVID public-private collaboration (Johan Rung, Senior Scientist at SciLifeLab Data Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden)
  3. Standardised quality of diagnostics as key factor to improve quality of primary data to monitor COVID-19 (Kurt Zatloukal, Professor at Medical University of Graz and Qiagen, Austria)

13:40 – Session 2: Flash talks – Approaches to data driven innovation in infectious diseases and how open resources, like the COVID-19 Data Portal, contribute

  1. Machine learning for clinical management problems (Ricard Gavaldà, researcher and co-founder of Almalfi Analytics, Barcelona, Spain)
  2. The role of data for enhanced pandemics management and resilience (Sofia Tsekiridou Netcompany – Intrasoft Technologies)
  3. A Helping Hand: Annotation of the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset for the Scientific Research Community (Jane Lomax, Head of Ontologies at SciBite, BioData Innovation Centre, UK)
  4. The FAIR Cookbook (Philippe Rocca-Serra, Senior Director for FAIR Data Collaborations, AstraZeneca, UK and Susanna Assunte Sansone, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science; Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre)

14:10 – Five-minute break

14:15 – Session 3: 30-min break-out rooms discussions focused on the industry experience and needs in data-driven innovation in infectious diseases

14:45 – Break-out room debriefs

14:55 – Wrap up and what is next: Innovation and SME forum (late 2023)

Please find the link to register here.