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Discussing the State of Biomedical Data & Looking Towards the Future at PMWC

DNAnexus once again attended the Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC) in January in Santa Clara, California, to learn about new innovative technologies, thriving initiatives, and clinical case studies that enable the translation of precision medicine into direct improvements in health care.

George Asimenos, Chief Technology Officer, hosted a panel discussing the challenges in applying AI on biomedical data and the future of using AI in regulated contexts. Brady Davis, VP Strategy and Marketing, also moderated a discussion on the future of DNA sequencing interpretation, touching on how visualizations are driving the understanding of human genomes & diseases.

You can view the recorded panel discussions below:

Challenges In Applying AI On Biomedical Data

Challenges in AI Panel

Moderator: George Asimenos, PhD, CTO, DNAnexus


  • University of Washington, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering – Su-In Lee, PhD, Associate Professor
  • UCSF, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center – Laura J. van’t Veer, PhD, Leader, Breast Oncology Program, and Director
  • Regeneron Genetics Center – Jeffrey Reid, PhD, Head of Genome Informatics


AI methods promise to revolutionize the way we approach medicine, by building and training models that make accurate predictions. But the application of AI in actual biomedical contexts comes with distinct challenges. This session features speakers in the forefront of real-life AI applications, who will discuss challenges such as how to reach an interpretable/explainable AI model and how to apply AI in a regulated context.

Data Curation, Integration and Visualization

Data Curation Panel

Moderator: Brady Davis, VP Strategy and Marketing, DNAnexus


  • Stanford University, Department of Genetics – J. Michael Cherry, PhD, Professor
  • AncestryDNA – Eurie Hong, PhD, Senior Director of Genomics
  • UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute – Benedict Paten, PhD, Assistant Professor


Understanding the relationship between the millions of functional DNA elements and their protein regulators, and how they work in conjunction to manifest diverse phenotypes, is a key to advancing our understanding of the human genome and diseases. As the cost of DNA sequencing continue to drop, the interpretation of the ever increasing amount of data generated represents a considerable challenge.

About DNAnexus

DNAnexus the leader in biomedical informatics and data management, has created the global network for genomics and other biomedical data, operating in 33 countries including North America, Europe, China, Australia, South America, and Africa. The secure, scalable, and collaborative DNAnexus Platform helps thousands of researchers across a spectrum of industries — biopharmaceutical, bioagricultural, sequencing services, clinical diagnostics, government, and research consortia — accelerate their genomics programs.

The DNAnexus team is made up of experts in computational biology and cloud computing who work with organizations to tackle some of the most exciting opportunities in human health, making it easier—and in many cases feasible—to work with genomic data. With DNAnexus, organizations can stay a step ahead in leveraging genomics to achieve their goals. The future of human health is in genomics. DNAnexus brings it all together.