Celebrating four weeks of Innovation Fridays!

As Innovation Fridays will not be held this week (due to a public holiday) we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on the success of the challenge so far…

The PHUSE/FDA Innovation Fridays have been running for a total of four weeks now and are a great success. The sessions are full of thought-provoking ideas and the exploration of new technologies from participants who are not only driving innovation but helping to shape the future of healthcare globally.

A weekly occurrence (excluding global public holidays), they are held every Friday to showcase the presentations of the first-ever Innovation Challenge. Here presenters have proposed a solution to answer the scientific question posed by a number of challenges; Opioid/Substance Use Disorder, Drug Safety Surveillance and Approach for Predicting Drug Interactions. Find out more on the challenges below.

So far, we have had seven presentations from the Drug Safety Surveillance challenge, and 1 from the Predicting Drug Interactions challenge, with the first presentations from the Opioid/Substance Use Disorder challenge upcoming later this month.

View the current available recordings from the last four Innovation Fridays, or watch the full playlist, including an introduction video from Dr. Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the FDA, by clicking here.

Drug Safety Surveillance:

IC09 – PRAView

IC25 – Counterfeit Drug Detection

IC19 – DeepFAERS: AI for Pharmacovigilance by Diving Deep into FAERS

IC21 – Deep Dissection of Postmarket Surveillance Signal

IC15 ­– DASH to AEs

IC31 – Early Safety Signal Detection from Public Internet Sources

IC08 – Datacise Integrated Safety Explorer


Predicting Drug Interactions:

IC18 – Prediction of Drug-Drug Interactions (DDI) with Artificial Intelligence


The next Innovation Fridays will be on Friday 17th April starting at 09:00 (EDT), hosting two presentations from the Opioid/Substance Use Disorder challenge, titled ‘Transfer Learning for Opioid Usage Monitory’ and ‘Deep Social Media Mining Tool to Monitor Opioid Use of Female Pregnant Patients’, view their abstracts here. The webinar will also include an introduction to the challenge from the challenge chairs and a live Q&A session with each presenter.

How to join? The WebEx link will be available on the Innovation Challenge page underneath Friday 17th’s schedule a couple of days before. 

To keep up to date with the latest information, including the upcoming schedule and available recordings, view the PHUSE/FDA Data Science Innovation Challenge webpage on the PHUSE website.

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