Session Abstract – PMWC 2021 Silicon Valley

The PMWC 2021 AI Company Showcase will provide a 15-minute time slot for selected AI companies to present their latest technologies to an audience of leading investors, potential clients, and partners. We will hear from companies building technologies that expedite the pre-clinical and clinical drug discovery and development process, accelerate patient diagnosis and treatment, or develop scalable systems framework to make AI and deep/machine learning a reality.

Confirmed Presenting Companies:

 Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., CEO, Insilico Medicine, Inc

Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine (, a leader in next-generation artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery, biomarker development, and aging research. Since 2015 he invented critical technologies in the field of generative adversarial networks (GANs) and reinforcement learning (RL) for generation of the novel molecular structures with the desired properties and generation of synthetic biological and patient data. He also pioneered the applications of deep learning technologies for prediction of human biological age using multiple data types, transfer learning from aging into disease, target identification, and signalling pathway modelling. Under his leadership Insilico raised over $50 million in multiple rounds from expert investors, opened R&D centres in 6 countries and regions, and partnered with multiple pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and academic institutions. Prior to founding Insilico, he worked in senior roles at ATI Technologies (acquired by AMD in 2006), NeuroG Neuroinformatics, Biogerontology Research Foundation. Since 2012 he published over 130 peer-reviewed research papers, and 2 books including “The Ageless Generation: How Biomedical Advances Will Transform the Global Economy” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He serves on the editorial boards of Aging Research Reviews, Aging, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Frontiers in Genetics, and co-chairs the Annual Aging Research, Drug Discovery and AI Forum (7th annual in 2020) at Basel Life, one of Europe's largest industry events in drug discovery. He is the adjunct professor of artificial intelligence at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

 Speaker Profile

Partner, McKinsey and Company

Ziv Yaar is an Expert Partner and has been involved in Digital and Advanced Analytics for over 20 years and in the pharma for over 15 years. Ziv brings experience and expertise as a proven client service leader, experienced at managing large, complex studies with dozen of resources, solving a wide array of pharma problems. He also has a strong cross-channel marketing strategy and analytics background, as well as extensive technology background, which enable him to understand and work with technology teams and help business and marketing stakeholders understand the how technology can affect their business.

AI and Data Sciences Showcase:
McKinsey and Company

McKinsey and Company is a global management consulting firm.

Data Transformation
There is a lot of interest these days at the senior-most leadership of many Pharmaceutical companies in using machine learning and other advanced analytics methods to achieve strategic differentiation. A recent McKinsey analysis found, however that in order for a company to achieve this level, they would need to conduct ~1,000 advanced analytics use-cases per year. This is not tenable today because most Pharmaceutical companies’ take between 4-6 months to perform a typical (non-clinical trial) analytics use-case, instead of the 4-6 week cycle time that they would need in order to achieve advanced analytics at scale.

 Speaker Profile


Michael Andreini joined the MMRF as the Chief Operating Officer in 2019, and is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, strategic programs, and alliances across the foundation. Michael brings over 12 years of strategic consulting and operational experience in the life sciences industry. Prior to joining the MMRF, Michael was an Associate Principal at IQVIA in the consulting services organization where he led complex engagements for biopharma, medical device, and non-profit organizations across diverse solution areas including commercial assessments, portfolio analysis, R&D and launch strategy, and operational execution. Before joining IQVIA, Michael worked at Fuld & Company, a boutique consulting firm specializing in competitive intelligence and strategy, and prior to that, at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in the Global technical Operations group where he resolved technical issues for immunoassay reagents and systems. Michael earned a B.A. in chemistry with a minor concentration in economics from Colgate University.

AI and Data Sciences Showcase:

A pioneer in precision medicine, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) seeks to find a cure for every multiple myeloma patient by relentlessly pursuing innovations that accelerate the development of precision treatments for cancer.

Innovation Of Patient-Centered Research Initiatives: MMRF CureCloud
The first-of-its-kind, innovative MMRF CureCloud research study features direct-to-patient enrollment, the first at-home CLIA-grade cfDNA sequencing test for myeloma, and real-world EHR data collection to deliver real-time insights back to patients and their physicians to inform clinical decision-making.