Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Datavant

Eric is currently Chief Science Officer at Datavant, an innovative new company with the mission to organize the worlds healthcare data. Eric is also Visiting Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and a frequent volunteer advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières and other international aid and relief NGOs. Most recently Eric was Senior Vice President and Head of the Takeda R&D Data Science Institute where he built an integrated institute of more than 165 multi-disciplinary data scientists serving all aspects of biopharmaceutical R&D and digital health. Prior to Takeda, Eric was the Executive Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and the Countway Library of Medicine, an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Boston Children’ Hospital. Eric has a PhD in chemical and biochemical engineering from Drexel University and also holds B.S.ChE and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering.


Pushing Data Uphill: Breaking Down the Macro and Micro Silos of Healthcare Data
Despite significant investment by all sectors, medical data has not become the vibrant circulatory system of healthcare and biomedical product development that was promised. Challenges of cost, competition, completeness, interoperability, security and privacy are on the rise and brave new approaches that can push through current technological and compliance orthodoxies are needed now.

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