PHUSE/FDA Data Science Innovation Challenge


The PHUSE/FDA Data Science Innovation Challenge provides a framework and an opportunity for the greatest minds in the data sciences arena to come together and collaborate intensively on projects, doing so to a defined time frame to create usable scripting that results in a functional approach to answer the scientific questions posed by a number of challenges. 

Innovation Challenge 2020 includes the following challenges:

  • Opioid/Substance Use Disorder
  • Drug Safety Surveillance
  • An Approach for Predicting Drug Interactions

Click below to view an exclusive welcome video from Dr.Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on the Innovation Challenge.

Innovation Fridays

The first Innovation Challenge was due to be held at the US Connect in Orlando in March. We are pleased to announce the virtualisation of the PHUSE/FDA Data Science Innovation Challenge 2020, which will be available to all!

Given the excellent response and the enthusiasm shown, we have decided to embrace the energy and progress with a new initiative: Innovation Friday. Every Friday* there will be a short webinar to allow people to come together and discuss future digital solutions to healthcare problems. 

*Subject to global public holidays

Innovation Fridays Schedule

Take a look at the upcoming schedule for the webinars. These will be held every Friday at 09:00 (EDT). Please note, Innovation Friday's will not be held on Friday 10th April, Friday 1st May and Friday 8th May due to public holidays.

Friday 13th March:

View the recordings below

IC09 – PRAView

IC25 – Counterfeit Drug Detection

Friday 20th March:

View the recordings below

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

IC21 – Deep Dissection of Post-market Surveillance Signal

Friday 27th March:

View the recordings below

IC31 – Early Safety Signal Detection from Public Internet Sources

IC15 – DASH to AEs

Friday 3rd April: Extended by 15 minutes

Challenge Title Lead Organisation
Predicting Drug Interactions Artificial Intelligence for Early Detection of Drug Interactions Zhichao Liu FDA
Drug Safety Surveillance Datacise Integrated Safety Explorer Eric Harvey, Christopher Hurley, Aditya Gadiko, Margaryta Mare MMS Holdings

Join this week's Innovation Fridays by clicking the link. Save the time in your diaries, and revisit the 'Join Meeting' link at the time of the webinar to take part in this weeks PHUSE/FDA Innovation Friday!

Meeting number (access code): 903 467 231
Meeting password: uRcyMVTJ353

Friday 17th April: Extended by 15 minutes

Challenge Title Lead Organisation
Opioid Transfer Learning for Opioid Usage Monitory Mohit Juneja Lyfescience
Opioid Deep Social Media Mining Tool to Monitor Opioid Use of Female Pregnant Patients Jyotiska Biswas Think Trends

Friday 24th April:

Challenge Title Lead Organisation
Predicting Drug Interactions Predicting Drug Interactions Using Machine Learning and Data Visualisation Jeffrey Phillip, Jeff Allen, Thuy Luu, Olajide Ajayi Biogen
Predicting Drug Interactions Approaches in Categorizing and Predicting Drug-Drug Interactions Using Artificial Intelligence and SAS Visual Text Analytics Soundarya Palanisamy, Luisa Regenold Regenold

Friday 22nd May:

Challenge Title Lead Organisation
Predicting Drug Interactions Prediction of Drug Interactions with Real World Data James Kim Pfizer
Predicting Drug Interactions Real World Evidence Drug-Drug Interactions (REDDI) Match Kathleen Mandziuk, Ashwin Rai, Kerry Deem Prahs

Bank Holidays & Upcoming Dates:

Friday 10th April Friday 1st May Friday 8th May Friday 15th May
Not on - public holiday Not on - public holiday

Not on - public holiday


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