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Washington Metro Economic Development Bioinformatics Forum

The goal of this forum is to provide an opportunity for interaction in the field of Bioinformatics that can lead to licenses, partnerships, collaborations, etc.


Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
University of Maryland
Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Mid-Atlantic Region
Montgomery County Department of Economic Development.

9:00-9:25 Initial Remarks and Welcome: Mojdeh Bahar, Moderator

  • Dr. Mel Bernstein, VP for Research, University of MD 
  • Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
  • Jim Dinegar, President, Greater Washington Board of Trade  

9:30-10:15 Role of Bioinformatics in Mission Success:  Mojdeh Bahar, Moderator

  • Keeping up with DNA Technologies
    Dr. Mihai Pop, University of Maryland, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biomolecular Sciences
  • Biometrics Activities at NIST
    Dr. Ross Michaels, Information Access Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)  
  • Bioinformatics in Mission Success FDA-CDRH
    Dr. Brian Fitzgerald, Deputy Division Director, Division of Electrical & Software Engineering, FDA  

10:15-10:30 Break, Exhibit Tables, Networking  

10:30-11:00 Diagnostics/Biomarkers: Terry Lynch, Moderator 

  • Biomarker Studies in Clinical Trials
    Dr. Vicki Seyfert-Margolis, Chief Scientific Officer, Immune Tolerance Network
  • Public Private Partnerships at the NIH; The Biomarkers Consortium  
    Dr. Barbara Mittleman, Director, Public Private Partnerships Office of Director, NIH  

11:00-11:30 Biosimulation/Modeling: John Emond, Moderator     

  • Dr. Aditya Polsani, Industry Liaison, Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Program
  • Bioinformatics at NASA 
    Dr. Michael New, Astrobiologist, NASA Headquarters  

11:30-12:00 Bioinformatics in Health Care: Tom Stackhouse, Moderator  

  • U.S. Dept. Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
    Dr. Rob Griesbach, Technology Transfer Coordinator, Beltsville ARS, USDA  
  • Building a 21st Century Biomedical System: the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid
    Dr. Ken Buetow, Associate Director, Bioinformatics & Information Technology, National Cancer Institute, NIH  

12:00-1:00 Lunch, Networking, Exhibits      

1:00-2:00  Bioinformatics and Homeland Security: Ron Kaese, Moderator  

  • Dr. Kevin O'Connell, Biotechnology Analyst, InQTel, Inc.
  • Dr. James Burans, Associate Laboratory Director, National Bioforensic Analysis Center.   
  • Dr. Sofi Ibrahim, USAMRIID  

2:00-2:30  Computational Analysis: Clara Asmail, Moderator

  • A Summary of Patents Filed by the Figg Laboratory
    Dr. William Douglas Figg, Head of the Molecular Pharmacology Section and the Clinical Pharmacology Program within the Medical Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH  
  • Computational Biology: A Measurement Perspective 
    Mr. Alden Dima, Computer Scientist and Project Leader, Software and Systems Division, NIST 

2:30-2:50  "Elevator Speeches" in Bioinformatics: Sally Sternbach, Moderator  

  • Science Management, Analytics and Research Tools
    Mike Pollard, Discovery Logic  
  • Three Traps to Avoid & Bioinformatics Advantage;
    Three Things that People Think about Statistics that Could Hurt Them
    Hilda Maibach, Clinstats Data Group 
  • Bioinformatics Forum
    Dr. Paul Nission, 2020 Gene Systems   
  • Synaptic Science LLC  

2:50-3:00  Break, Networking, Exhibits  

3:00-4:00  Resources for Bioinformatics: Steve Walker, Moderator

  • Bioinformatics Opportunities NIH SBIR/STTR
    Todd Merchak, Program Manager, SBIR/STTR, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering, NIH
  • TEDCO Seed Funding for Technology Development  
    Ron Kaese, Senior Program Manager, Federal Lab Partnerships, Maryland Technology Development Company (TEDCO)  
  • Dr. Srini Mirmira, Red Shift Ventures  

4:00-5:00  Closing Remarks, Networking, Exhibits

Additional presentations, and webinars, can be found on the FLC website.


Created October 27, 2010, Updated May 13, 2016