LRIG New England Chapter

LRIG New England and the Boston LIMS / LI group present a discussion on

Laboratory Informatics

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  • Tuesday April 27th, 2010                            
    Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company 
    35 Landsdowne St
    Cambridge, MA 02139


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5:00pm Social Hour with appetizers and drinks
6:00pm Opening Statements


ELN Expert Panel: Strategies for Both R&D and QC
Moderated by: April Ciampoli of Amgen
Panelists: Craig Tulig, Michael Stroz, Mary Pat Happ

7:10pm Research Gateway: Amgen’s Integration Platform for Discovery Data
Bill Goode, Amgen Inc.
7:40pm Designing a laboratory automation software package to link an informatics system to the laboratory hardware
Malcolm Crook

Enter Millennium through the Franklin St Entrance

Abstracts & Bios:

ELN Expert Panel: Strategies for Both R&D and QC

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) have been used in practice for many years now in Pharmaceutical and Biotech R&D.  ELN technologies have proven to be a valuable asset for these organizations but can be challenging to implement effectively.  This will be a panel discussion with industry experts on ELN technologies, their implementation and strategies for maximizing value.


April Ciampoli
Amgen Inc.

April has worked in the biotech industry for over 13 years as a project manager, business analyst and process engineer. In her current role at Amgen, April serves as a project manager and business analyst in the Research Informatics department focusing on delivering integrated informatics solutions that allow for optimizing the drug discovery process. Prior to joining Amgen; April worked at ArQule, Inc. for more than 9 years delivering automated hardware and informatics systems and processes for the high-throughput combinatorial chemistry automated technology platform. April obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA in 1996 and a M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in 2005


Craig Tulig
Associate Director
R&D Systems
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company 

Craig has been with Millennium for over 10 years and is responsible for Millennium’s “Drug Discovery Systems”, which includes areas such as Drug Discovery Decision Support, Chemistry Systems, BioAssay Data Capture, and Workflow/Logistics. Craig first started working with Chemistry eNotebooks in 2003 and led the design and deployment of a system that seamlessly integrated commonly used Chemistry Lab Systems, such as Reagent Inventory, Reagent Catalogs, Structure to Name, and Compound Registration. More recently, Millennium has started the deployment of a Discovery-wide eNotebook with drivers including preparation for the nomination of Development Candidates and Technical Reports ultimately used for IND filings.


Michael Stroz
Global Operations IS

Michael Stroz is currently the Global QC Systems owner and leads AstraZeneca’s global projects to deploy LIMS, and eLab across the operations sites.  Mike’s group in Global Operations IS is responsible for the project management, and configuration of these systems.  Prior to his current role, he was the QC Director at AstraZeneca’s Westborough manufacturing location and was responsible for the development and deployment of the local QC Systems including LIMS, eLab and CDS systems. 

Mike is an Analytical Chemist from the University of Pittsburgh, with 19 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical industry in the areas of informatics, analytical chemistry, and laboratory automation.  He has worked in Analytical Development R&D and Operations QA and QC.

Mary Pat Happ
Application Engineering Group Leader, Chemical Biology
The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Mary Pat started her biotech career as a scientist and project manager in preclinical research, with a focus on assay development, biomarker identification and mechanism of action studies, primarily in autoimmune disease. For the past 10 years Mary Pat has supported a number of enterprise-wide informatics initiatives to design and deploy solutions for screening data capture across multiple technologies, data analysis, compound evaluation and chemical registration. Four years at Spotfire provided wide exposure to business processes at a number of pharmaceutical clients, while the last 6 years at the Broad Institute have provided opportunities to build many critical systems from the ground up, including electronic lab notebooks. Mary Pat has a B.S. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Research Gateway: Amgen’s Integration Platform for Discovery Data
Bill Goode
Project Manager
Amgen Inc.

It is critical for research project teams in Pharmaceutical Discovery organizations to be able to make decisions using all relevant research data.  Given how R&D information systems are typically introduced and evolve organically, this is no trivial task.  This presentation will examine the challenges and strategies for integrating disparate IS data sources using Amgen's Research Gateway platform as a case study.  Research Gateway is Amgen's integration platform and query tool for integrating Discovery Research data which uses SOA and other technologies.


Bill started his career at Millennium Pharmaceuticals after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1998.  At Millennium he worked within the Lead Discovery group building automation and IT systems for Compound Management, High Throughput Screening, and Molecular Pharmacology.  In 2003, Bill joined Novartis as head of the Robotics & Automation group in Cambridge, MA.  Bill currently works at Amgen within the Research Informatics department as a project manager leading enterprise software projects.  At Amgen he has managed global teams to deliver information systems for HTS & Therapeutic Area data analysis, Small Molecule Inventory, in addition to Research Gateway.


Designing a laboratory automation software package to link an informatics system to the laboratory hardware
Malcolm Crook PhD
Process Analysis & Automation Ltd


Malcolm Crook studied for his PhD in Synthetic Chemistry at the University of Southampton (UK), then after working for 12 years at the British Petroleum Research Center (London) working on automated analytical methods and the manufacture and implementation of robotic solutions in the BP Group, left to form paa with other BP colleagues. Malcolm wrote Overlord1 for the National DNA database at the Forensics Science Service (UK) over 10 years ago and has overseen the development of the paa automation business with the Overlord software package, Overlord technical team and hardware solutions to the current status of 350 instrument drivers and almost 600 installations worldwide.