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Monday, June 25, 2018

Registration Open: Partners HealthCare BioBank Disease Challenge

Partners HealthCare, founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, is hosting a "Biobank Disease Challenge," an artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics competition open to researchers in academia and industry across the United States.

The goal of this competition is to enable major translational data science players to leverage the Partners HealthCare Biobank in order to develop better phenotypic algorithms for clinical and basic research.

Registration will close on July 13, 2018. The competition is open to 50 teams. Prizes will be awarded for the best machine learning models and visualizations.

To learn more, visit us at

http://www.partners.org/biobankchallenge


More Information About the Challenge:

The contest will challenge participants to build machine learning algorithms to determine a patient's true disease phenotypes from raw EHR data.

All participating investigators will have access to the data in a secure environment called the "Data Enclave."

Tentative Challenge Schedule

April 23, 2018 // Registration Opens
July 13, 2018 // Registration Closes
July 16 – August 19, 2018 // Practice on Platform
September 12 – October 10, 2018 // Competition


The following prize awards are as follows:

First place: $15,000
Second place: $10,000
Third place: $5,000

Visit us at www.partners.org/biobankchallenge to learn more.
URL: https://datachallenge.partners.org

Contact Person: Brent Richter (brichter@partners.org)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

You're Invited: San Diego Life Sciences Trek

The San Diego Life Sciences Trek is a two-day program designed for PhDs and PhD students studying bioinformatics, computational biology, genomics, data science and related disciplines who are interested in exploring career opportunities within industry. Through company tours, workshops, presentations and a networking reception, participants will gain access to influential researchers and executives across many of San Diego's ground-breaking companies including Thermo Fisher, Human Longevity, Takeda, Janssen, ResMed, JLABS, Dexcom, and the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Individuals from across the country are invited to attend. Meals and local transportation are provided both days. The program is free to attend, but participants are expected to cover their own travel accommodations.
URL: https://lifesciencestrek2018.eventbrite.com

Contact Person: Kate Gallagher (ksg@sandiegobusiness.org)