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Life Sciences SIG
3rd Monday of the Month
, unless there's a holiday, which happens a lot this year! 5:30p-8:15p $20 Early Bird (by the Friday before program at 5pm) /$35 ater unless otherwise noted. Members of the cluster admistted free. Includes food. Walk-ins welcome.

SIG SPONSORS:  Medpresso        Colliers supporters of TechSandBox Life Sciences SIG    Optimum Technologies supporter of TechSandBox

Our life sciences special interest group includes medical devices, cell biology, pharmaceutical development and medical records.


March 16, 2015: Bioinformatics innovations and personalized medicine  (click to register)

Bioinformatics is the application of big data techniques to the Life Sciences.  Unlike the type of data used in retail -- such as Target or Capital One -- bioinformatics data is highly self correlated and patients well being depends on correct analysis. 


Join us to learn about the challenges and opportunities as bioinformatics becomes an integral part of academic and clinical research, and a component of personalized medicine.


  • Moderated by Kryngle Daly, PhD
  • Richard J Resnick, MS, MBA, GenomeQuest
  • Nick Renzette, PhD is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School


Kryngle Daly of KBioBox at Pitch Fest TechSandBox Style     Nick Renzette PhD    Richard Resnick GenomeQuest


Richard J Resnick, MS, MBA has played a leadership role at GenomeQuest since 2008. He has extensive experience building and growing innovative technology companies in the life sciences and beyond. He was previously CEO of Harmony Line, Inc., an MIT Media Lab company, where he partnered with the famous composer/technologist Tod Machover to develop and commercialize Hyperscore, a unique software tool to enable anyone to compose music. Prior to Harmony Line, Resnick was the CEO of Mosaic Bioinformatics which he sold to NetGenics in 2000. Resnick was the global bioinformatics software head for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and got his start in genomics working on the Human Genome Project under Eric Lander at the MIT Whitehead Institute, authoring software applications like Primer3, still widely in use some 20 years later.

Resnick frequently gives talks to the public on the implications of cheap genome sequencing.

Resnick holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Manangement, an M.S. in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Nick Renzette PhD, operates at the interface of genomics, population genetics and clinical virology, working with a large group of international researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
and Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) to generate predictive algorithms of viral evolution. He has been a pioneer in the application of next generation sequencing to the study of infectious disease and advancing evolutionary theory.

Renzette is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; he received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware.




May 18, 2015Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)  (click ro register)

In this panel and case presentation, we will explain the fee for service to value based service continuum, and where the challenges, and, therefore, opportunities, lie.

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are impacting the care experience, cost, and population health (“Triple Aim”) today and creating the momentum for providers to organize and act differently!

There are currently over 625 ACOs in the U.S. covering over 20 million lives. Massachusetts was an early adopter with Medicare’s Pioneer ACOs and commercial ACOs but we still have a way to go with this revolution in healthcare. 

Let’s talk about how it all started, where we are now, reimbursement methodology, program mechanics, and the state of implementation……

We cover driving forces, the terminology and the players.

Fireside Chat after Presentation

  • Michael Fahey, Darwin Ecosystem
  • Charles O’Neill, CEO, SemantX, Case Presenter
  • Janice McCallum, Managing Director, Health Content Advisors and Moderator
  • Bob Dichter, CGO, Optimal Practice Solutions


Michael Fahey      Charley O'Neill     Janice McCallum, Health Content Advisors   Bob Dichter

Bob Dichter is a Healthcare Business Technologist that helps companies maximize revenue by optimizing how they go to market.  Currently, he is consulting mostly with emerging companies but recently, he served as VP of Client Solutions for a start-up in the Population Health space.  He created the company’s Go-To-Market strategy, product roadmap, as well as designing the initial product offering, a care management solution based on actionable analytics. 

Previously, Bob has been the Technical Sales Director for Alere Accountable Care Solutions; Director of Healthcare Business Development for Autonomy; President of Optimal Practice Solutions, a small consulting firm providing IT services and solutions to the ambulatory care market; Integration and Security Architect for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Director of Technical Implementation for Healthvision.

Bob is also actively involved in the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and has been on the Board of Directors for the past 15 years for the New England chapter, including being the chapter President and has held several other board positions. He holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from Boston University.

Michael Fahey is VP of Healthcare Solutions for Darwin Ecosystems LLC where he is focused on the discovery and visualization of meaning and changes in patterns from unstructured healthcare information.  Michael has previously consulted with healthcare companies using EHR’s, neural networks, cloud, analytics, Big Data, and is former President and Founder of InfoBionic, a cloud based arrhythmia detection service, and former Acting CEO of Sensi, a cloud based neural network for stethoscope auscultation.  He holds 5 issued and 2 pending patents on acquiring, transmitting, processing, and displaying physiologic data in IoT and cloud environments. Previous to InfoBionic he led cloud and file sales for Hitachi Data Systems in the Americas and held sales, product management, and engineering positions in large companies such as EMC and NetApp and in successful startups including Archivas and Acopia.  He has an MBA from Northeastern and a BSEE with Math Minor from UMass Lowell.

Janice McCallum is Managing Director of Health Content Advisors, a consulting firm that advises companies on business models for creating, sharing and commercializing healthcare data.

She’s also a well-known healthcare industry analyst whose blog and tweets (@janicemccallum) cover topics related to integrating and analyzing data from all healthcare stakeholder groups. She is a member of HIMSS, Society for Participatory Medicine (S4PM), the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), and Boston Women in Information Network. 

Janice has an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics from Simmons College. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery/Striatus Orthopaedic Communications.

Charley O'Neill is the Founder and CEO of SemantX. He has held VP and Board positions with companies such as deNovis and Rogue Wave Software. He holds a BA in Economics from Holy Cross College.

With an 'assist' from Pat Rioux.

Committee: Kryngle Daly, Patti Durr, Andrew HalpertKartik Shah, Jerry Shapiro, Jeff Tingle.  Committee Co-Chairs,  Kryngle Daly,  Jerry Shapiro

    Medical Devices, to Biotech, to Pharma and Cell Biology, to eMR, imaging, medical robotics, 510K, FDA   Kryngle Daly, Founder and CEO, KBioBox at TechSandBox  Jerrold Shapiro, PhD FemMedical    Jeff Tingle, at the intersection of healthcare and mobile  Kartik Shah  Patti Durr, Tri-Star Design  Andrew Halpert         Past Programs                  



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