BY-COVID industry event- Data driven innovation in infectious diseases

24 January 2023


BY-COVID industry event - Better data management for better pandemic preparedness, disease surveillance and outbreak control

Date of the event: 24 January 2023, 13.00-15.00 CET

Format: 2h virtual event

Purpose: Identify opportunities for data driven innovation in infectious diseases, join a network of specialists and explore potential collaborations with the BY-COVID project.

Target audience: Anyone involved in openly available software or data on COVID-19 or other infectious diseases in their internal pipelines/business model from the following sectors:

  • Diagnostics
  • Pharma
  • Biotech-/bioinformatics companies
  • Contract Research Organisation/Contract Manufacturing Organisation
  • Consulting
  • Medical Devices
  • Hospitals/healthcare providers

​​This virtual event is organised under the EU project BeYond-COVID (BY-COVID), a project that aims to provide comprehensive open data on SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases across scientific, medical, public health and policy domains. Under this initiative, we are providing a virtual space for BY-COVID partners to engage with industry communities and ensure that we can find collaborative solutions for making COVID-19 and other infectious disease data available for innovation.

Main themes

  • Repurposing data and software tools for a faster future health crisis response: How open source code and open or FAIR data were used in industry during the COVID crisis and what lessons have been learnt for the future.
  • Novel technologies and innovative projects tackling global disease burden developed during the pandemic: How novel tools could improve data quality, enable efficient data collection, or build robust prediction models.

This webinar is the first of a series of events, and the audience will have the opportunity to hear about examples of public-private collaborations, introduce themselves and their innovative projects through flash talks.


13:00Introduction/Setting the scene (Kathi Lauer, Scientific Lead BY-COVID project)
13:10Session 1: Three examples of public-private collaborations (10 minutes each):
  1. Building collaboration in translational medicine infrastructures (David Morrow, Senior Scientific Programme Manager at EATRIS ERIC, Amsterdam, NL)
  2. Areas of potential collaboration between industry and a BY-COVID partner (Katarina Öjefors-Stark, PhD, Data Stewart at SciLifeLab Data Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden)
  3. Standardised quality of diagnostics as key factor to improve quality of primary data to monitor COVID-19 (Kurt Zatloukal, Professor at Medical University of Graz and Qiagen, Austria)
13:40Session 2: Flash talks - Approaches to data driven innovation in infectious diseases and how open resources, like the COVID-19 Data Portal contribute
  1. Machine learning for clinical management problems (Ricard Gavaldà, researcher and co-founder of Almalfi Analytics, Barcelona, Spain)
  2. The role of data for enhanced pandemics management and resilience (Sofia Tsekiridou Netcompany - Intrasoft Technologies)
  3. A Helping Hand: Annotation of the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset for the Scientific Research Community (Jane Lomax, Head of Ontologies at SciBite, BioData Innovation Centre, UK)
  4. The FAIR Cookbook (Susanna Assunte Sansone, Professor, Department of Engineering Science; Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre)
  5. Operational KPIs for bioinformatic pipeline performance (Ajay Lakani, Head of Engineering at Congenica)
  6. Leveraging HPC environments and multiscale simulations to model COVID19 infection ((Jose Carbonell Caballero, Recognised Researcher, Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Barcelona, Spain)
14:10 Five-minute break
14:15Session 3: 30-min break-out rooms discussions focused on the industry experience and needs in data-driven innovation in infectious diseases
14:45Break-out room debriefs
Wrap up and what is next: Innovation and SME forum (late 2023)

*Register to present your industry’s approach to data driven innovation in infectious diseases and how open resources, like the COVID-19 data portal contributes to your company’s achievements.

Please find the link to register below.

BY-COVID data indexing system
BY-COVID data indexing system
BY-COVID data indexing system