Andrea de Souza

Title: Sr. Director, Research Data Sciences & Engineering (Moderator)

Presentation Title: "Building a Digital Data Solution for Actionable Insights: Perspective from the Trenches"


As a 145+ year old company with a rich tradition in data and analytics, Lilly Research Labs has a unique opportunity to unlock the power of the treasure trove of data to enable novel and best-in class therapeutics discovery. To achieve this grand aspiration, in the last two years Lilly has made a tremendous investment to develop and implement Phase 1 of our strategy that will result in a transformational shift to the cloud, creation of the digital data library and an application ecosystem that sets the stage for actionable insight. As Lilly Research Information and Digital Solutions has developed our strategy, processes, organization and operations approach for deriving value from data for therapeutics discovery, we have learned key lessons around the technical and cultural approaches required to use digital data across the company’s entire value chain.

In this panel discussion, Lilly Research Data Sciences and Engineering will share from the trenches perspective on how we listened to our internal technical experts who augmented and learned from a range of organizations including Tencent, Google, Microsoft, Uber, Stitch Fix, NVIDIA, from the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to build out our Data and Analytics ecosystem with modern approaches. Please join Andrea de Souza, Senior Director Research Data Sciences with Jonathon Klinginsmith (Head, High Performance Computing), Adam West (Head, Data Engineering), Vinny Romano (Head, Data Operations), Bobak Kechavarzi (Lead, AI/ML Platforms) Yue Webster (Head, Translational Informatics) as we explore how we are accelerating value creation from data for Lilly Research.

Bio:  Andrea currently works at Eli Lilly & Company empowering the LRL Research organization with greater computational, analytics-intense experimentation to raise the innovation of our scientists. As the Global Head of Data Sciences and Advanced Analytics, Andrea leads four organizations: the High Performance Computing Team, the Data Engineering team, the AI/ML team for Research and the Research Informatics team. Andrea was recently featured in Forbes as one of the Top 100 Pioneers in AI in Drug Development and Advanced Healthcare.