Tuesday, June 25 Highlights

“Big Data” Big Tuesday Topic

This morning’s session on Big Data: Impact on Innovation (Session 235, 10:15AM, Room 210ABC) opened with a Keynote Address by Dr. Michael Rosenblatt (Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.).

“We’re in the middle of a very exciting transformation in American and global healthcare, and big data are a major driver. Yet the term ‘big data’ and all it encompasses can seem mystifying."

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SCOTUS DNA Patent Ruling: Implications for the Industry

Wednesday, June 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
BCEC, Room 101

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. on the patent eligibility of DNA molecules. On the surface, the ruling may appear clear cut, but is it? And what will be the effects of the ruling?

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Volunteerism & Innovation Highlight Opening Plenary

Daniel Kraft Dr. Daniel Kraft delivered an engaging, innovative Keynote Address.

Boston native and Incoming DIA President-Elect Minnie Baylor-Henry welcomed attendees to our DIA 2013 49th Annual Meeting by introducing a tribute to the spirit of “Boston Strong” in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack, and a video welcome by Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick.

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Documentaries Spotlight Rare Disease Community


To help Attendees hear the patient’s voice more clearly and understand the patient perspective, we are pleased to present two film documentaries, brought to you by The Kauffman Foundation, on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Wednesday’s documentary is Here.Us.Now.

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Executives Promote Cooperation Among Regulators

Regulators Session See the Regulators in action in Monday's Session

Top executives from the regulatory agencies in Canada, the European Union, and the United States addressed an overflow crowd in a lively question and answer session on Cooperation Among Regulators: Impact on Stakeholders held Monday afternoon.

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Student and Professional Poster Sessions

Student Posters






We are pleased to announce our 2013 Student Poster Award Winners!

First Place: Evaluation of Cytochrome P450 2C19 Activity in Normal, Healthy Adult Subjects in a Western Indian Population Presented by: Harshavardhan Narendra Sant

Second Place: Challenges in Discovery and Development of Orphan Drugs and Possible Solutions: Indian Scenario Presented by: Priti Padmakar Pednekar

Third Place: The Registration of Biosimilar Medicines: The Case of Low Molecular Weight Heparines in View of the New CHMP Guideline
Presented by: Anna Magdalena Perelka

And Don't Forget!
Visit the Professional Posters Session on Wednesday in the Exhibit Hall for our chance to Win a Kindle Fire HD!

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Welcome Patient Advocate Fellows

DIA’s Patient Advocate Fellowship Program supports the Annual Meeting participation of patient advocacy and patient group representatives, which provides opportunities for them to strengthen and support their collaborations with policy makers, health care professionals, industry representatives and other important groups. Twenty Advocates were selected to participate in this year’s program.

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Today's Top Tweets
Twitter Debra Barrette: Clinipace Worldwide is so excited to be at the Drug Information Association Conference in Boston! #DIA2013
  TwitterCraig Lipset: Wow. Just did rehearsal for handson "Trials of the Future" workshop. Come interact w/ the tech yr patients WILL use Wed 4p in 157C. #DIA2013
  Twitter Quintiles: 'If you have good governance in place then you can get great benefit out of data' - Boutin #DIA2013 #QDIA
   TwitterThe Avoca Group: RT @covance: Sponsor scope definition is critical to move forward and work collaboratively. #DIA2013   TwitterMicrosoft in Health: Do you know that you can GxP qualify the cloud with Microsoft? See what it is all about at  #DIA2013 booth 623. #pharma    
TwitterMedidata: #DIA2013: "Using Big Data to Design Smarter Studies" w/ @Medidata, @Genentech, @Quintiles Wed. 6/26 1:45pm Room #205C http://bit.ly/19nFkFO    TwitterIntralinks: Thanks for sharing @merck! "Big data is becoming increasingly important in a cost-restricted healthcare environment.”–M. Roseblatt #DIA2013    TwitterNPC: Attending #DIA2013 in Boston? Hear NPC Rsrch Dir Kimberly Westrich on stakeholders & #CER environment 8am 6/26 Rm151B http://bit.ly/1c1boij    TwitterErica Mercado: Great Q! How can we engage patients and advocacy groups in study design w/o violating confidentiality of the protocol? #DIA2013   
TwitterMerck: Heard at #DIA2013 CMO Roundtable: CMOs need to look beyond macro populations to focus on the individual, to advocate for the patient.   

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