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Sunday, April 30 • 10:30 - 11:20
Sage Bionetworks: Supporting Communities in an Increasingly Decentralized Biomedical Research Ecosystem

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Biomedical research contains a broad and varied set of sub-disciplines ranging from classical specialties such as large randomized clinical trials to others which were born-digital such as high throughput genomics. Collaboration frameworks and norms have evolved very differently in each of these sub-disciplines, driven largely by incentive structures that were in place while each was maturing. Regardless of the sub-discipline, each is being forced to recognize the powers of a decentralized research model which has been co-evolving along with the emergence of technological advances such as cloud computing as well as the advancement of social norms in the form of open and transparent practices.

Sage Bionetworks is a non-profit biomedical research organization in Seattle, WA that promotes open systems, incentives, and norms in order to redefine how complex biological data is gathered, shared, and used. We engage diverse communities of researchers around biological and analytical problems too complex for a single institution.

During our session at the CC Summit, we will explore the broad trends in decentralization catalyzed by the emergence of the open web and cloud computing. In particular, we will look at use cases and lessons learned while attempting to bridge the divide between traditional biomedical research and a fully digital and networked ecosystem.

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Brian Bot

Chief of Staff, Sage Bionetworks
I am an open knowledge advocate living at the intersection of biomedical research, technology, and policy. My current work aims to make the research system more effective by challenging the traditional roles of researchers, institutions, funders, and research participants. At its... Read More →

Sunday April 30, 2017 10:30 - 11:20 EDT
Cabbagetown Room