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9:00am - Welcome by Saji Wickramasekara, Co-Founder & CEO

- Hear from Jon Fan, VP Product, and Ashu Singhal, President, Co-Founder, on Benchling's product vision

- Breakout discussions focusing on AI/Machine Learning, Extensibility and Program Management, and how Benchling's product vision is aligned with these themes

- Hear from Kevin Davies on his newly released book "Editing Humanity about CRISPR"

- Wrap-up and closing remarks
Kevin Davies
Executive Editor, The CRISPR Journal
Kevin Davies PhD is a British science editor and author. He’s the Executive Editor of The CRISPR Journal and the founding editor of Nature Genetics and Bio-IT World magazine. He’s the author of five books, including Cracking the Genome and the new book, EDITING HUMANITY: The CRISPR Revolution and the New Era of Genome Editing. Kevin holds a degree in biochemistry from Oxford University and a PhD In human genetics from the University of London.


Dennis Underwood
VP Molecular and Information Systems
At Agenus, I run basic sciences (Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pre-clinical Development, and Ligandomics), along with Data Sciences, Bioinformatics, and IT.
Fun Fact
Music – keyboard player in a 70's glam-rock band.
Bob Gantzer
Beam Therapeutics
Head of Lab Automation
I oversee lab automation, lab informatics, and next generation sequencing at Beam Therapeutics.
Fun Fact
My hometown mascot is the Pretzel: the Freeport Pretzels. Not the most feared mascot on the planet.
Ajay Shah
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Executive Director, IT Business Partner, IO/CT TRC, Early Clinical Development and CP&P
IT Business Partner for multiple Research and Early Development, Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics, responsible for strategy, planning, budgeting and overall accountability for meeting user digital needs in these areas.
Fun Fact
I now live in PA, but I am still holding on to my 49ers tickets!
Joel Kreps
Clara Foods
Vice President, R&D
I lead the strain and fermentation engineering teams for Clara Foods, generating animal-free animal protein for people to eat. I also contribute to IP and Regulatory efforts at Clara Foods.
Fun Fact
One of my hobbies is brewing beer at home.
Kevin Hayes
Corteva Agriscience
Global Lead, Data Science and Informatics Strategy and Communication
I help set strategy across Data Sciences and Informatics groups at Corteva as well as manage significant portions of the Genomics data management.
Fun Fact
Hobbies include downhill skiing, chess, poker and fishing.
Nigel Mouncey
Dept of Energy (DoE) Joint Genome Institute
Director, Joint Genome Institute
I lead the DOE's Joint Genome Institute, a National User Facility that provides access to state-of-the-science advanced integrative genomics capabilities to the scientific community. I am responsible for the strategic, functional and administrative leadership of a team of almost 300 talented staff.
Fun Fact
I am a HUGE craft beer fan and love to explore new beers and breweries.
Michael Dinsmore
Editas Medicine
Director of Informatics
Manage team, vision and implementation of informatics platform, including ELN and LIMS.
Fun Fact
I enjoy woodworking in my free time.
Christopher Wilson
Editas Medicine
Senior Director, Lead Discovery
I oversee the technology platform at Editas.
Fun Fact
Covid beard - it's a visual.
Helen Li
Eli Lilly
Director, Research IT
Responsible for IT and informatics platforms for large molecule, RNA and novel modalities as well as genomics data analytics capabilities for oncology.
Fun Fact
I have twins. One is a boy and one is a girl.
Remy Evard
Flagship Pioneering
Chief Information & Digital Officer
I guide the data science, engineering and technology strategies and implementation across the Flagship Pioneering portfolio of companies.
Fun Fact
My pandemic silver lining: I've ridden about 3000 more miles on my bike than in previous years, so far.
Erik Bierwagen
Principal Bioinformatics Software Engineer
I am responsible for the Benchling rollout across the gRED (Genentech Research and Early Development) organization, and am leading many other informatics solutions efforts across research.
Fun Fact
In 2010 took a 2 month trip around North America with my family where we drove through 25 states and 4 provinces.
Sarah Hymowitz
Vice President, Protein Sciences
Oversee protein technology groups (Structural Biology, Proteomics) and Biologics drug discovery.
Fun Fact
Love doing NY Times crossword puzzles and playing family card games.
Bill Goode
Jounce Therapeutics
VP of IT, Informatics, and Operations
At Jounce I lead the strategic planning and ultimately responsible for day to day operations of the company's IT, Informatics, Lab Operations, and Facilities services.
Fun Fact
I've run three marathons. The second was the 2013 Boston Marathon, where I finished just minutes before the bombs went off.
Yolanda Chong
Recursion Pharmaceuticals
SVP Biology
I oversee the in vitro Biology team for the Discovery and Innovation portfolios.
Fun Fact
I'm obsessed with spending time with my children.
Quan Yang
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Executive Director, Head of R&pD IT
Lead the informatics team to support the entire research and preclinical development area in Regeneron
Fun Fact
I love to hike.
Tiffany Chen
Rubius Therapeutics
Director, Discovery
I drive cellular therapy programs from early discovery to IND enabling studies. In addition, I build teams and guide cross-functional teams to achieve strategic goals.
Fun Fact
I have a black belt in Taekwondo.
David Hernandez
Sana Biotechnology
Senior Director, IT
Head of IT, overseeing Technical Services, Technical Project Management, Security & Infrastructure. We provide IT services for both the corporate side of the business as well as research and development.
Fun Fact
I have never had the hiccups, was a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 7 years, and I have never had a broken bone or surgery.
David Aldous
Head of Global R&D Processes and Operations
Pursue a sustainable shift in processes, mindset and behavior, through dynamic and creative global initiatives, designed to increase operational excellence, empowerment, and innovation. Design and implement change management plans for process and operation changes impacting R&D to ensure appropriate awareness, training and utilization.
Fun Fact
I'm a big Everton fan (English soccer team).
Brian McNatt
IT Director / Research & Early Development
Globally responsible end-2-end for early research systems related to Biological Screening and Preclinical activities.
Fun Fact
I enjoy skydiving.
Hari Jayaram
Spotlight Therapeutics
VP Technology
Helped build the company to tackle in-vivo delivery of CRISPR nucleases. Head up the platform group that develops these targeted biologics and the technologies required to support therapeutic development.
Fun Fact
Love gardening and brewing beer.
Aaron Cantor
Spotlight Therapeutics
I manage part of the protein engineering and production workflow at Spotlight, including process and assay development. I also configure and manage our Benchling implementation.
Fun Fact
I’m a fan of fermenting foods. Cultures I currently have on tap: brown ale, sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough, yogurt.
Shanna Chriscoe
Knowledge and Data Management Global Lead
My team works at the interface of people, processes, and technology to ensure the effective and efficient transfer of knowledge within Syngenta Seeds R&D, focusing on Regulatory and Traits Science functions.
Fun Fact
I love ornamental landscape design and I spend my free time working at my family's garden center or in my own 2-acre yard.
David Lee
Lead IT Early Solutions Data Platforms
IT Early Solutions deliver IT systems that enable scientists to access the power of the data they generate. My team manage the key data capture systems - we think that's the most important step!
Fun Fact
I've learned to skip during the COVID lockdown!
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