SoCalBio Cloud Computing Conference to Focus on Helping Bioscience Firms Improve Operational Efficiency

Day-Long Conference February 24th will Feature All-Star Lineup of Cloud Computing Experts

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) has announced the lineup of speakers for its first conference on cloud computing, which will be held Thursday, February 24th at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

The day-long conference will help small and mid-size companies take advantage of "cloud" resources and other advancements in information technology that can improve performance and reduce the cost of doing business. It will address the special information needs of bioscience firms while exploring how the cloud can be used to improve R&D, manage clinical studies, deal with regulatory/quality control issues and engage with customers.

Confirmed speakers include:

- David Barker, Director of Customer Support & Quality Assurance, EMC Document Sciences
- Amanda Coolong, Producer and Host, This Week in Cloud Computing
- Rosemarie Christopher, President & CEO, Rx Research Staffing (RxRS)
- Giles Day, Managing Director, Distributed Bio, LLC
- Rajiv Dulepet, CTO & Founder, WiseWindow
- Mick Gallagher, Managing Partner, LS Technologies
- Nancy Lehrer, Director of Information Systems & Enterprise Architecture, Amgen
- Steve Phillpott, CIO, Amylin Pharmaceuticals
- Michael Pearl, Partner, US Cloud Computing Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Steve Plank, VP of Global Information Services, Allergan
- Srinivasan Sundara Rajan, Solution Architect, Hewlett Packard
- Matt Wallach, Chief Strategy Officer, Veeva Systems

“We're going to focus on how bioscience firms can use the cloud as a business strategy,” said SoCalBio President & CEO Ahmed Enany. “It's about leveraging cloud-based resources to improve every aspect of bio-business. We will also address the unique concerns that have thus far slowed the adoption of such technology by biotech and medical device firms."

Mick Gallagher, conference chairman and managing partner of LST, added, “Our goal is to show bioscience professionals how to save money by migrating to cloud services and tools. This is especially important in the current funding environment, where bioscience entrepreneurs have to maximize the bang for every buck spent.”

The conference will conclude with a panel discussion focused on case studies involving local bioscience companies that have deployed cloud capabilities. A roundtable of speakers will share the dos and don'ts of executing such strategies.

More information about the SoCalBio Cloud Computing Conference is available at

Conference Sponsors:

PSC Biotech
RxResearch Staffing
Veeva Systems

About the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio):

The Southern California Biomedical Council is a nonprofit, member-supported trade association that supports and promotes life-science research, development, manufacturing, job creation and overall economic growth in the six counties that comprise the Greater Los Angeles region (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside and San Bernardino).

The Council’s programs help local firms gain access to capital, potential partners and business support services. SoCalBio also promotes technology transfer and workforce training, while informing policy makers and the public at-large about the benefits of the region’s life-science industry.

SoCalBio is open to membership by firms and organizations engaged in life-science technology development and commercialization. More information is available at


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