Role of Informatics in R&D, Strategy Formulation and Business Development

Thursday, January 19, 2012 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., Microsoft, 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451. Directions.

SPEAKER: Dr. Otto Ritter, IS Informatics Science Director, R&D Information, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

TOPIC: Dr. Ritter applies his scientific expertise, work as a researcher in the biotech and pharmaceuticals sector, and mathematical training, to address complex problems across R&D at AstraZeneca. A relatively new field with a close relationship to leveraging knowledge, informatics is a growing area of interest in organizations with strong research and development operations. We will interview Otto to learn about his professional path, the roots of informatics at AstraZeneca and how it might be applied in other industries and fields of endeavor. Whether you are interested in stimulating science innovation or trying to find better ways of analyzing and applying your internal knowledge assets, your questions for Dr. Ritter will be welcomed in the audience Q&A portion of the meeting. TRANSCRIPT of INTERVIEW

BIOGRAPHY:  Dr. Otto Ritter has been IS Informatics Science Director, Global Discovery Information, at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. He is responsible for the development and application of tailored decision analytics in R&D, strategy, and business development.  In his work, he evaluates and internalizes innovation in complex systems research and computational sciences. His long-term vision is to leverage information in R&D science, technology, and business by systematically and economically decreasing uncertainty about specific key drug-hunting questions. In his prior work at AstraZeneca, Otto used advanced analysis techniques to frame, solve, and interpret complex decision problems; developed a novel method to quantitatively evaluate intangible R&D assets under imperfect information; and oversaw a number of technical projects in text mining, gene expression analysis, and molecular pathway analysis.

Prior to joining AstraZeneca in 1999, Otto was a scientist and principal investigator at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (NY) and at the German Cancer Research Center (Heidelberg, Germany), where he has been a tenured faculty member since 1995.

Otto’s professional interests include R&D process modeling and decision analysis; the application of mathematics and computation in life sciences and business process modeling; and knowledge representation and reasoning. He has designed and developed large-scale, distributed data and knowledge management systems; dynamic system models and simulations; and CASE tools for automatic generation of parsers, translators, and remote user interfaces.

Otto holds a M.S. in Mathematics with highest honors and a Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

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